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Plans and specifications were drawn by the Portland firm of Tourtellote & Hummel and local architect Charles Templeton Diamond. The foundation of the proposed eight story building had been completed prior to the December

1922 fire, and on January 5, 1923 it was announced that the foundation would be rebuilt and construction plans would proceed. After falling into disrepair for decades, the building underwent remodeling, refurbishing and repainting and the newly named John Jacob Astor Apartments welcomed its first tenant in June of 1986. The building is significant for its rarity of Gothic detailing, quality of design, level of intactness, and contribution to the historic streetscape.

The apartments range from 400 square feet studios to 500 square feet one bedrooms and feature plenty of light through the original wood windows. The Astor Building is smoke-free and features a locked entrance and elevator.  They include power, water, sewage, sewer, and garbage; only optional cable, landline, and parking are extra.


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Sitting at the center of downtown Astoria, the Norblad Hotel is a hub of local culture. The second floor hotel and apartments have undergone many renovations since Paul Caruana acquired the property in 2007, including new marble showers for the European-style rooms and a new community kitchen. These stylish, fully-furnished apartments feature free Wi-Fi, onsite laundry and garbage, an apron sink, compact fridge, community kitchen, shared single use bathrooms and showers, and all utilities are included. 

Housing is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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