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In its place now is a hotel and a bar by McMenamins. Located at Southwest 12th Avenue, the business operated 24 hours per day, days of the year. Before closing on June 17, , Club Portland was believed to be the largest bathhouse on the West Coast of the United States and was regarded as a "Stark Street icon of sorts". Sources disagree on the opening year. According to Willamette Week , the club was "often blamed by public health officials and other community leaders as partly responsible for new waves of HIV and STD infections, though those accusations were near-impossible to prove".