Sarah McKenzie

New book sheds light on history of city’s red light districts


Penny Petersen was out for a bike ride and came across a building in the Mill District that seemed out of place.

The unique architectural style of the building struck her as unusual for the neighborhood. Her curiosity led her to the city’s inspections department to check building records for the property. She discovered it was a bordello — the only one that has been spared from demolition in the city, according to Petersen’s research.


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