The Erickson Fritz Apartments
Just steps away from the Modern Rich Apartments, which IHI completed in September 2012, the historic Erickson Saloon and Fritz Hotel Buildings have been transformed from vacant commercial space into 62 mixed-income apartment homes. We are very proud to announce that Restore Oregon awarded IHI a 2015 Art DeMuro Award for its historic restoration and repurposing of the Erickson Saloon and Fritz Hotel Buildings. The DeMuro Award is bestowed to recognize extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects throughout the State.

Erickson's Workingman's Club, also known as Erickson's Saloon, was a Portland landmark opened in the 1880's by August "Gus" Erickson. Taking up most of the block between Burnside/Couch and Second/Third Avenues, Erickson's was legendary for its 684-foot bar and free smorgasbord lunches with a five cent beer. It boasted five elegant entrances, a grand pipe organ, and 50 bartenders. When the river rose in 1894, Erickson's served patrons from a barge at NW 2nd and Burnside. Fred Fritz operated several of his own establishments in Old Town, including Fritz's Theater and Saloon, a grand theater known for its cabaret performances. Fritz was an early investor/partner of August Erickson and eventually took over ownership of Erickson's in 1907.

The Erickson Saloon Building on 2nd Avenue
The Erickson Saloon Building on 2nd Avenue
The Fritz Hotel on 3rd Avenue
The Fritz Hotel on 3rd Avenue
Promotional piece for Erickson's Café and Concert Hall after its $130,000 Renovation
Promotional piece for Erickson's Café and Concert Hall after its $130,000 Renovation
Erickson's Cardroom
Erickson's Cardroom
Serving from a barge in the flood of 1894
Serving from a barge in the flood of 1894