The Beauty and Spirit of the Pacific Northwest
The Heathman Lodge was designed to express the beauty and spirit of the Pacific Northwest, and bring the outdoors into the city. Elegant structures built of fir, cedar, spruce and pine from northwest forests and of basalt from ancient volcanic flows which formed the Columbia River Gorge adorn throughout.
Designs from nature and Northwest Native American culture inspired the paintings, carvings, textiles, and sculpture by local artists. Here, we introduce you to the art and craft of The Heathman Lodge.
The ceiling of Hudson’s Bar & Grill is defined by 25-foot fir timbers and lit by custom made lamps of forged steel and mica. The restaurant is named after the Hudson’s Bay Company which established its fur trading headquarters at Fort Vancouver in 1825.
Canoe by the Fireplace
Local artist Mike Olsen carved the dugout canoe from a cedar log using traditional methods of Northwest coastal Native Americans.
Salmon and Turkey
Portland Artist Henk Pander created this 21-foot long artwork mural for Hudson’s. The oil painting, titled Salmon and Turkey, represents life on the Columbia River when the Hudson’s Bay Company was flourishing and its company headquarters, Fort Vancouver, was a bustling, diverse community.
Celebrating the bounty of the Northwest, the painting depicts Columbia River Native Americans cooking salmon over an open fire as a festive meal for their family and friends.
Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians Artwork Collection can be found in various locations throughout The Lodge.
The Lodge Grand Fireplace
The Lodge’s three grand fireplaces were designed and built by craftsmen from Guinett Masonry, who quarried and split immense boulders of Columbia River basalt and selected the best rock for its deep color, tight grain and velvety texture.
Each 3,000 pound stone was hand-cut and fitted.
Jefferson Peace Medal
A large bronze replica of the Jefferson Peace Medal welcomes guests to The Heathman Lodge. The original silver coins were minted for the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803 and pictured President Thomas Jefferson on one side and the clasped hands of a Native American and a white man on the other.
The medals were given as symbols of peace and friendship to leaders of the many Native American tribes the explorers met during their three-year voyage of discovery in the American West.
The sculpture was made by Vancouver, WA artist Jim Demetro.
A Chinook Chief holding a burning torch to the sky helps light the entrance to The Heathman Lodge. Sculptor Jim Demetro adapted the image from a drawing by an early English explorer and cast it in bronze.
Massive Totem Pole
Raven, whale, salmon, and beaver are some of the mythical characters carved into the 24-foot tall cedar totem pole by Mike Olsen that stand watch over The Heathman Lodge entrance.
Douglas Fir Logs
The huge Douglas Fir logs of The Lodge’s exterior were hand-peeled on site.
Lobby Ceiling Lights
Lobby ceiling lights of forged steel, mica and leather depict scenes of Northwest frontier life.
Mike Olsen’s carved newel posts flank the fir log stairway that connects the lobby and mezzanine.
The Raven is a powerful and mischievous character in North Coast Indian mythology.
Lobby Totem Pole
The massive and mystical totem pole on the Lobby’s south wall is dedicated to the memory of Bruce R. Stevenson, founder of the Heathman Lodge.
The totem pole was carved by local artist Mike Olsen.
Rare, old Native American-styled Pendleton blankets hang from the banister.
Kayak Frame Replicas
Kayak frames hanging beneath the mezzanine are replicas of 150-year-old Inuit and Aleut sea kayaks used for hunting seal, walrus and whale in the icy seas of the far north. Portland artist and ethnologist Harvey Golden researched, built and tested the kayaks.
The originals are displayed in European and U.S. museums.