WATG Wimberly Interiors has completed work on the 100-room Sentinel Hotel, formerly the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Provenance Hotels and Woodbine Development Corporation invested $6 million into renovating the historic property.
“Our goal with this hotel was to honor the past with a design that makes our guests feel at home but also inspires them to seize the day,” Bashar Wali, president of Provenance Hotels, said in a press release.
Sentinel, named after its distinctive architectural rooftop sculptures, occupies two sections. The East Wing — built in a modified arts and crafts style in 1909 by William Christmas Knighton, Oregon’s first state architect — opened as the Seward Hotel. It became the Governor Hotel in 1932, then transitioned to a carpet store after World War II. The West Wing, an Italian Renaissance structure designed by architects Houghtaling and Dougan in 1923 as an Elks Lodge, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The revamped property features a new glass and steel awning ushering guests into the lobby, adorned in original gilt plaster relief. Green leather armchairs, a Turkish-inspired rug, and roughhewn wood tables pay tribute to the building’s retail history, along with the region’s lush landscape and timber heritage. A vintage librarian’s table inspires the custom-designed check-in desk. The hotel’s signature art collection pays homage to historic figures and visionaries such as John Lennon, Jackie Robinson, and Steve Jobs.
In the guest rooms, saturated emerald walls reference Oregon’s forests and are accented by linen pillows screenprinted with imagery of antique bicycles, silver owl statues, vintage lunch boxes, and metal globes. Local store and design studio Boy’s Fort crafted the hotel’s six Bridgetown Parlor suites to include many Portland influences, such as original pastel drawings of the city’s iconic bridges, light fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric, and objects d’art handcrafted in or inspired by the city.
The former Elks Lodge now houses 23,000 square feet of meeting space, returned to its former glory through vintage-style carpeting, jewel-toned paint set against original plaster and gold-leaf gilt ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. Food and beverage options include Jake's Grill, and plans for another restaurant called Jackknife opening this spring.