McMenamins debuts expanded Kennedy School

McMenamins debuts expanded Kennedy School
Artwork from the Kennedy School. Photo courtesy of the Portland Business Journal

McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries debuted its newly expanded Kennedy School and will begin welcoming overnight guests Friday.

McMenamins announced plans to add 22 guest rooms to the current 35 to meet high demand for overnight accommodations at the popular elementary-turned-entertainment complex at 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. in August.

The expansion includes a two-story building constructed in place of a former portable classroom. Each room is inspired by an author such as Portland natives Beverly Cleary and Brian Doyle.
 

Room rates are $125 to $145 per night.

The Kennedy School operated from 1915 to 1975 when it closed in the face of declining enrollment and a steep repair list.

Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin prevailed in a competition to revive the condemned property. They opened the renovated complex as a center for dining, music and lodging on Oct. 22, 1997.

McMenamins, based in Portland, is a privately held company with 55 pubs, breweries, hotels and other entertainment venues in Oregon and Washington.