The Eleanor is the latest venture in our family’s Portland history – begun in 1879.
Our namesake is Eleanor Chown, the matriarch of the Chown family and the founder of Chown Showcase in Portland. Her vision created what Chown Hardware is best known for today: dramatic and beautiful plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware for the home. Together with her husband Frank, Eleanor traveled the world looking for the best products and manufacturers and brought beauty and design back home to her beloved Portland. Today her legacy lives on through her sons and grandchildren, the fifth generation of Chowns in the family business.
The Eleanor brings her tradition of beauty, design, and service into an event venue that all of Portland can enjoy. The Chown family is excited to carry on her legacy of hospitality and sharing.