- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland building that served as the heartbeat of the city’s black social scene during a time of racial and housing discrimination has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The two-story Rinehart Building was built in 1910 in the city’s Albina neighborhood, historically home to much of Portland’s black community.

During World War II, the city’s black population soared as shipbuilding jobs drew thousands of people to the area. Housing discrimination forced most of the city’s new black population into the Albina neighborhood.

The Rinehart Building then played host to a number of successful black-owned businesses, including the Cleo-Lilliann Social Club, a social hub for the black community until its closure in 2001.

The building’s listing makes federal preservation grants possible.

On the Web: https://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000982.pdf


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