Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Lloyd Center Mall

Portland, Oregon - circa 1960s

The very swanky (and red!) interior of Mr. C's Hippopotamus Restaurant (yes, that's what it was called), inside the Lloyd Center shopping mall.

My pal over at Stumptown Confidential (vintage Portland blog), did a groovy post on this place a while back, if you'd like to know more about it (I read over there that Mr. C's was sort of like a Denny's, and their specialty was pancakes. Mmmm!).

Mall history: 1960 - present
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Oh my eyes! This much red is NOT good... causes anger. In a restaurant, umpf!
I do recall this shade of red was really popular with carpeting in the late Seventies.

Tue Oct 03, 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

I remember seeing a photo somewhere of the interior of a Harvest House that looked a lot like this.

Tue Oct 03, 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous rob said...


I remember seeing a Sweden House in Florida that had a simliar interior.

Actually, this looks eerily like that big dance hall and bar that was featured in The Shining. Red rum!

Tue Oct 03, 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger Kangoon said...

Wow I wanna be there! It reminds me of the Halfway House on the Darien Stamford border or the White Fence in or any other number of red places!!
Just Great
Your pal

Tue Oct 03, 08:38:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Gahh! This is the reddest restaurant I've ever seen! It's so fugly it's cool :-)

Wed Oct 04, 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

Rob, never saw The Shining but your comment still makes me laugh!

Wed Oct 04, 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Mr C's served a wide variety of hamburgers. Everything from raw (named the african burger) to just about anything you would want. They also had the only french fry maker, that I saw, that used a product similar to instant mashed potato. The food was great as was the service. They did not serve pancakes. Pancakes were served on the other side of the mall at Pancake Corner.

Thu Mar 29, 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger Douglas Bienert said...

These photos made my day. I loved those fountains with the modernist sculptures! I grew up in the 1970's. This brought back school shopping memories as well as all the times we went to see all the Christmas decorations.

You still had to dress for the seasons since it was outdoors. I loved the heat vents between the outer doors and inner doors. They blew warm air up from the grates to transition from outside to inside temperatures.

I remember how much I hated the new version of the mall. I rarely go there now, unless I have to.

Wed Nov 10, 04:16:00 PM  

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