Old Portland in Gingerbread

Front view of gingerbread Old PortlandFor nineteen years, there has been a gingerbread creation at the Benson Hotel; this being the hotel’s 100th year of operation, the creation depicts Portland around 1913. Created by Chef David Diffendorfer, the display involves approximately 100 pounds of gingerbread and 25 pounds of white chocolate and marzipan. (We could smell the gingerbread.)

Having been a Portlander for only two years, I didn’t recognize many of the buildings; however, a desk clerk gave us a crash course in Portland history.

Center view

The building with the medallion is the Benson Hotel itself. The tan building with a little dome at the left is Pioneer Court House, still a functioning courthouse. In front is the Willamette River.

Amusement ParkHere is a view a little to the left to show Council Crest, in those days the site of an amusement park known for its big roller coaster. Today it is a city park, a workout of a hike with the reward of a great view of the city.

Union StationIn the foreground is Union Station which has been restored and still functions as an Amtrak station. Up at the top left is Pittock Mansion, another hike with a rewarding view of the city as well as the option for a tour of the house. The tour I’ve done; the hike not. I should have moved to Portland when I was younger.

Visiting the gingerbread creation will become one of my Christmas traditions, now that I know about it. And as this time, so in the future, lunch at the Palm Cafe: the mushroom melt was wonderful.



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6 responses to “Old Portland in Gingerbread

  1. I’ve seen a lot of gingerbread creations, but nothing to equal this.

  2. Yesterday, I watched the show Craft in America and saw how many beautiful things people make with gingerbread. Trees, barns, castles, etc., and now you show me a whole city! Simply Amazing.

  3. Cher

    too cool! I learn more about Portland from you than living here for more than 25 years 🙂 guess I need to take Alice on a field trip!

  4. dezertsuz

    What an interesting project that is! This takes gingerbread houses to a whole ‘nother level.

  5. Karen Griggs

    Dear Claire, Thanks for sending the photos. An entire gingerbread village. Wonderful. Karen

  6. Awesome! Like Cher, I didn’t know about this, either. Such fun!

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