Portland Ice Arena (Oregon)

Portland Ice Arena
Portland Ice Hippodrome
Ice Hippodrome, Portland.jpg
Exterior of the Portland Ice Arena.
Location Northwest 21st and Marshall Streets Portland, Oregon
Capacity 2,000
Field size 360 by 85 feet
Surface mechanically frozen ice
Opened 1914
Closed 1953
Demolished 1963
Portland Rosebuds 1914–1918, 1925–26
Portland Penguins 1928–1941

The Portland Ice Arena, also called the Portland Ice Hippodrome or the Portland Hippodrome,[1] was a 2,000-seat multi-purpose arena located in northwest Portland, Oregon, United States. It was home to the Portland Rosebuds Pacific Coast Hockey Association franchise from 1914 and 1918 and the Portland Penguins from 1928 to 1941.

It was built in 1914 and closed in the 1950s due to concerns about fire safety.[2]

Coordinates: 45°31′51″N 122°41′34″W / 45.5308°N 122.6929°W / 45.5308; -122.6929


Interior of the Portland Ice Arena.

The announcement that Portland would be the site of an ice hippodrome came in October 1913, which declared the rink would be open by December on Northwest Marshall street and between 20th and 21st avenues. In reality the building opened almost a year later. The plan was to run the rink year-round with the exception of summer months where it could be rented out to automobile dealers.[3]

A Morning Oregonian article on November 2, 1913 continued to say the hippodrome would be open in December but on January 18, 1914, an article was published saying the construction was delayed until February or March.[4][5]

An article published in the September 27, 1914, edition of the Morning Oregonian announced that the hippodrome would open by December of that year and it would be the largest building of its kind in the world. Its seating could accommodate up to 5,000 patrons. The ice rink was 360 by 85 feet (110 by 26 m) (27,285 square feet (2,534.9 m2)). Two thousand people attended the grand opening of the rink on November 9, 1914.[6]

The building's architect was Arthur J. Maclure and the contractor was Victor J. Carlson.[7]

In 1953 the building was given to the University of Portland, which planned to renovate it into a basketball venue. After a few years of plans for renovations, the University removed the seats from the arena, but the Portland Fire Marshal announced in 1956 he would not allow the building to open unless the old wiring were replaced.[8][9]

In 1958 the arena was sold to Robert Coates and Associates for $152,000, who immediately announced bids to demolish the structure and replace it with a $750,000 shopping center, which was never built.[10] Demolition finally began in September 1963 with public housing replacing the arena's site.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ Mancuso, Jim; Scott Petterson (2007). Hockey in Portland. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-4804-3.
  2. ^ "Portland Ice Arena to close". The Register-Guard. May 27, 1953.
  3. ^ "Ice Hockey Coming; Portland to Have New Sport in Rink Now Building". Morning Oregonian (41). Portland, Oregon. October 12, 1913. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Ice Sports Near; Portland Hippodrome to Open for Winter Next Month". Morning Oregonian (44). Portland, Oregon. November 2, 1913. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Norval Babtie Coming; Champion Ice Skater to be Seen in Portland". Morning Oregonian (3). Portland, Oregon. January 18, 1914. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Scenes at the Opening of Portland's Ice Hippodrome Yesterday". Morning Oregonian (16836). Portland, Oregon. November 10, 1914. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Amusement Palace is Nearing Completion". Morning Oregonian (38). Portland, Oregon. September 20, 1914. p. 10.
  8. ^ "Skating rink to be kept". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. April 26, 1956. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Portland Ice Arena being remodeled". Eugene Guard. April 26, 1956. p. 22.
  10. ^ "New Shopping Center". Eugene Guard. September 6, 1958. p. 3.
  11. ^ "Portland Ice Arena Being Torn Down". Medford Mail Tribune. September 27, 1963.
  12. ^ "Portland's Ice Arena seems to be doomed". The Roseburg News-Review. January 21, 1963. p. 12.
  13. ^ "Site Is Backed". Longview Daily News. June 5, 1964. p. 18.

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