Portland, Oregon – The Brasserie Montmartre was one of Portland’s most treasured restaurants. Native Portlanders will remember the magic acts, crayon paintings, jazz and the French vibe. Located downtown on Park Avenue, the building was purchased in 2007 by Norway Development (Carl Coffman) and a total historic renovation is now in progress.
Originally built in the French Revival or Baroque style in 1907 as a hotel, known as the Calumet and then later as the Esquire Hotel, Norway is completely gutting and rehabbing the entire 7 floors. The first floor will be the restaurant, the second floor offices and meeting rooms, and floors 3-7 will apartments with a beautiful penthouse at the top.
Now dubbed the Esquire Apartments, the entire building will be eco-friendly with LEEDs Gold status. It will also be a state and federal historic landmark. Much of the old floors, moldings, brick walls and other period finishes will be re-used in the building. And yes, even the Brasserie Montmartre restaurant will be back.
Studio Art Direct is providing a full package for the project including exterior building coloration, interior finish selections which will evoke a vintage modern feel, art, signage, website, logo and public relations.