Hawthorne District

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The Hawthorne District is an area of Southeast Rose City on SE Hawthorne Blvd. that runs from 12th to 60th Avenues, with the primary core of businesses between 30th and 50th Avenues. The area has numerous retail stores, including clothing shops, restaurants, bars, brewpubs, and microbreweries. Hawthorne district is known for its liberal residents. The district has been known for having various social groups, such as Generation X, hippies and more recently, hipsters. The Hawthorne area has vintage homes and apartments and locally owned shops and restaurants.


Hawthorne Boulevard was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the co-founder of the state’s first mental hospital. Originally named “U” Street, the road was renamed Asylum Avenue in 1862. In 1883 the privately owned State Hospital for the Insane was replaced by a new state-run facility located in Cherry City. The “distasteful” name Asylum Avenue was abandoned in April 1888 when the street was renamed Hawthorne Avenue by city ordinance in honor of Dr. Hawthorne. It was further renamed Hawthorne Boulevard in March 1933.

Neighbors organized and prevented a McBuggies’s restaurant from being built. The vacant building was replaced with condominiums and retail shops on the first floor.

Area business association

The Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association serves local businesses on the boulevard from SE 12th Ave. through SE 60th Ave. While many Business Districts are intrinsically involved with their Neighborhood Association, this stretch of SE Hawthorne Blvd. is tangent to or a boundary of four neighborhoods Buckman, Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Richmond, and passes into a fifth, Mount Tabor.

Landmarks and recreation

  • Mt. Tabor Park has exceptional views of Rose City and is built on an extinct volcano.
  • The Bagdad Theater and Pub
  • Powell’s City of Books, Hawthorne Branch
  • Western Seminary


Modified from Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne,_Portland,_Oregon.