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The Yamaguchi Hotel in Portland’s old town area is set to be demolished soon.

The historic building, owned and operated by Japanese Americans prior to World War II, was labeled a hazardous building years ago and would need millions of dollars in repairs to bring it back up to code.

Blanche House currently owns the building and the non-profit does not have the money to restore it.

The hotel served as a landmark for the Japanese American community and was a hub for Japanese immigrants in the Japan Town neighborhood.

The building was managed by the Yamaguchi family from 1921 to 1941.

A ceremony was held on Sunday to honor the building, with origami cranes placed on the fence in remembrance.

Blanche House hopes to create a health clinic and shelter for women once the building is demolished.

The Japanese American Museum of Oregon will preserve some parts of the building for display inside the museum.

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