St. Helens Court
St. Helens Court in 2014
St. Helens Court (Portland State University)
Location within downtown Portland
Former namesSaint Helens Court
General information
TypeResidence hall
Architectural styleMediterranean Revival
Address1131 SW Montgomery St.
Town or cityPortland, Oregon
Coordinates45°30′49″N 122°41′04″W / 45.5136°N 122.6845°W / 45.5136; -122.6845Coordinates: 45°30′49″N 122°41′04″W / 45.5136°N 122.6845°W / 45.5136; -122.6845
CompletedJune 25, 1927
LandlordPortland State University
Technical details
Floor count5

St. Helens Court is a five-story student residence hall at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, a city in the United States. The building contains 36 studios and 15 one-bedroom units.[1]


St. Helens Court was constructed in 1927 by real estate developer Harry Mittleman as a luxury apartment building. The steel reinforced concrete design was faced with red veneer brick and Mediterranean Revival decorations suggesting Spanish influence. The 50 apartments, each with two or three rooms, were furnished with "warm, well-appointed" Spanish-style items and a radio, electric refrigeration, and electric ranges.[2]

The owner considered his wife, Helen, to be a saint. For that reason, the building was named Saint Helen's Court and later St. Helens Court.[3]

Portland State University acquired the property in 1969.


  1. ^ "St. Helens". Portland State University Housing. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "New Apartment Opened". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group. June 26, 1927. p. 24.
  3. ^ Erickson, Steve (February 13, 1977). "Mittleman found 'American Dream'". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group. p. 27.