Kenton Arbor Lodge

Dated: June 20 2016

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North Portland is home to the historic Kenton / Arbor Lodge neighborhood. Kenton was designed as a company town for the Swift Meat Packing Company. Denver Avenue was the “main” street where wealthy business owners built large homes. Smaller homes were built on the West side for the workers.  With a location close to the Stock Yards, this land was important to the Oregon cattle business. The city grew with the rise of the meat packing business.  From the 1890’s  thru the 1920’s cattle drives thru town were a regular occurrence!  The area boasted many manufacturing plants with it’s close location to land, rail and river transportation.

The Kenton neighborhood lies West of I-5 and North of North Lombard Street. Arbor Lodge is the adjacent neighborhood directly South.  Arbor Lodge is primarily residential.  Many shops and restaurants  are located along North Denver Avenue or North Interstate Ave.

Today, the Historic Kenton Firehouse is a reminder of Kenton’s past and future.  The firehouse was dedicated in 1913.  Although, not an active fire station, the building provides office space for several community organizations.  Structurally, it has been transformed into an outstanding example of energy efficiency.  There are solar panels on the roof that provide more than enough electricity for the building.  Indoor fixtures are low energy, low water usage models.  The exterior of the building features a habitat garden and permeable brick paving. ( 8105 North Brandon Avenue ).

In keeping with the local history of cattle drives, one of the most popular eating spots is a BBQ!

  • Po’Shines Cafe de la Soul, 8139 North Denver Ave, is a must!  The BBQ has been voted “Best in Portland” by the Willamette Weekly newspaper.  Even more importantly, this eatery cares about it’s community.  They run a training program to provide locals with opportunities to gain personal confidence and culinary skills.

  • Kenton Station, 8303 North Denver Ave, is located in the Kenton Hotel which was built in 1909.  A friendly restaurant and pub in a historic location.

  • The World Famous Kenton Club, 2025 North Kilpatrick Street, boasts their original 1947 decor.  This adults only watering hole promises  “Music, Booze and Regrets. “  Check their website to see which band is currently playing :

  • Posies Bakery and Cafe, 8208 North Denver, features luscious cupcakes and cakes!  You can pre order special occasion cakes.  


  • Salvage Works, 2024 North Argyle Street, sells vintage lumber and barn wood.  You can purchase the wood or commission them to make furniture, siding or a fireplace mantel to your own specifications.

  • Kenton Antiques, 8112 North Denver Ave.,will bring out the treasure hunter in you!

  • Rainbow Lampshade Shop, 2440 North Lombard Street, has been in business for 58 years!  They can help you recreate any vintage lamp shade.

  • Revolver Bikes, 6509*15 North Interstate, can service, repair or refurbish your bike.  You can also purchase a new bike.


Parks and Open Spaces:

  • Kenton Park: 8417 North Brandon

  • Kenton Community Garden: North Houghton Street and Burrage Ave.

  • Arbor Lodge Park :North  Bryant Street and Delaware Avenue

  • Heron Lakes Golf Course, 35oo North Victory Boulevard.

  • Portland International Raceway, 1940 North Victory Boulevard.

  • Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 North Marine Drive. Note: This features a 40 mile trail for hiking or walking.  Canoeing is allowed when the water is high.  Check:  

Living in the Kenton / Arbor Lodge neighborhood has many benefits including easy freeway access to both Portland and Vancouver . Plus there is easy access to parks, natural areas and golf.  This community is blessed with active volunteers that keep up with environmental causes as well as neighbors helping neighbors.  Spend some time in the Historic Kenton / Arbor Lodge neighborhood!

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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