What is the design style of The Benson Hotel?

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Melissa Wilmot

A true Portland landmark, The Benson Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in 1912 and completed in 1913, The Benson’s exterior was in the French Second Empire design style complete with glazed terra cotta and brick, and a mansard roof with dormers. Inside, no expense was spared with only the finest materials and design elements lending themselves to a luxurious experience. From the arched lobby windows and an immense mirror brought to the luxury hotel from Hawaii in 1958, to the Circassian walnut imported from the imperial forests of Russia, stunning Austrian crystal chandeliers and premium Italian marble, the classic European-style interior transports you to another era.

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