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Pendleton, Oregon: Statue of Beloved Brothel Madam

Stella Darby was the madam of the Cozy Rooms bordello from 1928 to 1967. Her bronze statue stands outside its former entrance door.

S. Main St., Pendleton, OR
Downtown. The statue stands on the sidewalk on the west side of S. Main St. midway between US Hwy 30/SW Dorion Ave. and SW Emigrant Ave., at the pedestrian crosswalk.
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Statue of Beloved Brothel Madam.

Statue of Beloved Brothel Madam

You can see several of these statues down the streets of Pendleton.

[Shayna H, 05/12/2023]

Brothel madam.

Statue of Beloved Brothel Madam

The bawdy town of Pendleton was once famous for its bootlegging and brothels, 18 in all. The most popular was the Cozy Rooms, and its madam was Stella Darby, who ran it from 1928 until she retired in 1967. At the time the town was glad to see her go -- but as the years passed the town's opinion of Stella softened from condemnation to acceptance to appreciation.

On August 27, 2014, Pendleton unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Stella outside the former entrance to her Main Street bordello. Sculpted by retired local art teacher Randy Gundlach, the metallic Darby wears oriental lounge attire and high heels.

[ Team, 09/06/2014]

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