The four-story building was designed by Warren H. Williams and completed in 1888. The Blagen Block was built for N. J. Blagen, an immigrant from Denmark who arrived in the United States in 1871 with nothing but determination. In 1877 Blagen became a resident or Portland, OR engaging in the contracting and Milling business. At a cost of $50,000, the 100 foot Blagen Block is the last remaining example of the rhythmic rows of columns and arches that once united hundreds of block fronts on Portland’s streets. In 2014, Airbnb, The San Francisco-based company, which connects travelers and locals willing to rent out their homes, choose the Blagen Block as the first of a number of customer experience centers that will open around the world.