Montgomery Residence Hall

Montgomery Residence Hall Front Elevation Photo
Building Code 
1802 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201-3204
Year Built 
1917; 1925

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. Following considerable fundraising, 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 October 21, 1917 for around $100,000, the Martha Washington provided a safe and respectable residence for 18-26 year old, single women to live in Portland. The Hotel initially housed 90 residents (95 by 1920), but as the wait list continued to press into the hundreds an annex was opened on October 23, 1925 thereby increasing its tenancy to 170. While in operation, the hotel included meals, laundry, and a receptionist and also featured common areas for social events, a gymnasium, and classroom space.

Portland State acquired the Martha Washington in 1969 as part of its urban renewal efforts and turned it into student housing. 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 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: Room 17 (Single occupancy); Room 105 (Single occupancy; accessible to non-residents between 9am-12pm)

Square Footage
Gross Square Footage: 43,320

Net Assignable Square Footage: 28,437

ADA Accessibility