Montgomery Residence Hall

Montgomery Residence Hall Front Elevation Photo
Building Code 
1802 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201-3204
Year Built 
1920; 1926

Montgomery Residence Hall is a Georgian style, brick and timber, four-story structure with a basement located at the corner of SW 10th and Montgomery sharing a block with the Simon Benson House and the Blackstone between SW Park, Mill, 10th, and Market. An accessible ramp is located along the south side of the building. While Montgomery Hall is used primarily as student housing it also includes office space on the first floor.

Montgomery Hall was originally the Martha Washington Hotel for Working Women. The Portland Women's Union (PWU) hired prominent Portland architect, Albert Ernest Doyle, to construct the Martha Washington after their first boarding house, Anna Mann Hall, was no longer enough to meet housing demands. Completed in August 1920, the Martha Washington provided a safe and respectable residence for young, single women to live in Portland. The Hotel initially housed ninety-five women, but as the wait list continued to press into the hundreds it added the south wing in October 1926 thereby increasing its tenancy to one hundred seventy women.

Portland State purchased the Martha Washington in 1982 as part of the effort to increase student housing opportunities on campus. Shortly after its acquisition the building was re-named Montgomery Court. Currently, Montgomery Residence Hall offers 142 furnished, single-occupancy units. Its basement also holds the PSU Women's Resource Center, which relocated there from Smith Center in 2004.

Building Occupants
Women's Resource Center 

Building Naming History
Montgomery Residence Hall, 2015-
Montgomery Court, 1969-2015
Martha Washington Hotel, 1920-1969

Historical Photos
Montgomery Residence Hall from the University Digital Gallery

Additional Resources

All Gender Restrooms: Two single-occupancy restrooms located in the following locations: Basement - Room 17 (in the Women's Resource Center); Floor 1 - Room 105 (accessible to non-residents between 9am-12pm)

Square Footage
Gross Square Footage: 43,320

Net Assignable Square Footage: 28,437

ADA Accessibility