SOLD! A Historic Mixed-Use Investment Property


According to Wikipedia, The Frances Building is a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Built in 1911, it was added to the National Historic Register in 1994.  The Frances Building is a two-story structure that faces Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, while the Echo Theatre is a one-story structure facing SE 37th Avenue. The adjoining buildings, constructed as parts of a single project, are separated by a party wall. 


1 of 7 upstairs apartment units


Investor Rudolph Christman, who financed construction of the project, named the Frances Building in honor of his wife. It was the first commercial structure built along Hawthorne Boulevard between Southeast 20th and 39th avenues. Other commercial development soon followed, enhanced by the growth of nearby residential areas and construction of trolley lines to serve them. The original first floor of the Frances Building was home to a barber shop, and a dry goods store, a candy store, and a drug store. The second floor included offices and living quarters. Through many decades, commerce has continued on the first floor; seven apartments occupy the second floor.


More Than Just A Building – The Frances is a Community


The Frances Building contains 7 Apartments, 3 NNN Retail Tenants & The Echo Theater. 




Entered originally from Hawthorne via a passage through the Frances Building, the Echo Theater was once a movie house.  Facing competition from the nearby Bagdad Theater which opened across the street in 1927, the Echo Theater closed, and its entrance was moved to the 37th Avenue side.  Storage and plumbing companies used the space until 1984, when it again became a theater home to DOJUMP, a non-profit movement theater school.

DOJUMP is a modern dance and trapeze company which was launched in 1983 in the historic Echo Theater.  It uses clowning, aerial dance, tumbling and partner acrobatics to perform physical theater storytelling.  DOJUMP performs across the country as well as holds workshops for schools and corporate events.

The Echo Theater has been an important hub of arts and culture in the iconic Hawthorne District of SE Portland for a long time. 


lunch spot


Rachel's Ginger Beer originated at a farmers market in Seattle. They went on to open their first store in 2013 in seattle's pike place market. The Portland store is their third, and it opened in 2016.  Customers can enjoy craft ginger beer including flavors like pink guava and white peach. They also offer ginger beer cocktails, frosted drinks and growler-fills to go.

Boke Dokie has partnered with Rachel's Ginger Beer to offer Asian-inspired fried chicken (or tofu) sandwiches through a counter window in the back of the shop. 



local pub


The Portland Cider House is a popular pub with 30 ciders on tap. They offer tastings, pints, food and growlers to go.    



Harlow is a popular gluten free, organic and mostly vegan restaurant that has become a fixture on Hawthorne since it opened in 2013.  Harlow serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and often has a line out the door for their weekend brunch. 

Classic Portland. In the Heart of the Hawthorne District.


The Frances Building is located in the heart of the Hawthorne District of Close-In SE Portland. This popular neighborhood is highly sought by investors and tenants alike.  It features vintage commercial and residential buildings and has many locally owned shops and restaurants.   
Located on the corner of SE 37 Avenue & Hawthorne Boulevard, The Frances Building is situated across the street from the popular McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub.  Starbucks Coffee is across the street to the north, and Powell’s on Hawthorne bookstore and Fred Meyer, Wells Fargo and Bank of America all within two blocks