The Literary Arts suite at the Heathman

Image: John Valls

Next month, the luxe, 84-year-old Heathman Hotel will reveal a revamp of its four top floor "parlors"—510-square-foot spaces previously treated as add-ons for long-term guests—that honors Portland’s arts scene. Concepted and constructed by local designer Kat James of BLUEVINE Studio, each of the four new "Marquee Rooms" is devoted to a different Portland arts institution: the Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Literary Arts, and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

James’ creations offer more than a passing nod to these pillars of creativity: each room embraces the spirit of the institution for which it is name. For example, 100 books fill the Literary Arts Room, where a handcrafted bookcase—made from 100 percent Forest Stewardship Certified beech—contains a collection of the current year’s Oregon Book Award winners (available for purchase, with half of the cost going to Literary Arts); the bed is flanked by a collage of handmade marbelized paper, cascading in waves toward the floor. A marquee announcing the current season of performances greets guests in the hallway of the Portland Center Stage suite, where costumes and props hang from coat hooks, awaiting playful guests. And in the Oregon Symphony room, you’ll find a wall mural of music director Carlos Kalmar.

You can’t book these suites until February, but we managed to score an exclusive sneak peek at one of the rooms. Get your ogle on with our slideshow and start planning for your next night out … and in.