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The Kennedy School, originally the John D. Kennedy Elementary School, is a former elementary school that has been converted to a hotel, movie theater and dining establishment in northeast Portland, Oregon.[3][4] The facility is operated by the McMenamins chain. The hotel has 35 guestrooms, a brewery, four bars, and a restaurant.

John D. Kennedy Elementary School
Portland Historic Landmark[1]
Photograph of a multi-arched entry to a large, single-story building.
The main entry of Kennedy School in 2008.
Locator map.
Locator map.
Location in Portland.
Location5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates45°33′52″N 122°37′49″W / 45.5645°N 122.6302°W / 45.5645; -122.6302Coordinates: 45°33′52″N 122°37′49″W / 45.5645°N 122.6302°W / 45.5645; -122.6302
Area4.22 acres (1.71 ha)
Built1915
ArchitectFloyd Naramore[2]
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
NRHP reference #88003472
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 1995

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HistoryEdit

The school was built in 1915. The land for the school was sold by John Daniel Kennedy to the Portland School District in 1913.[5] Ladies Home Journal praised the innovative, single-story architecture of the school.[6]

CurrentlyEdit

By the 1990s, the school had been abandoned. McMenamins, the Portland-based hotel and pub group, bought the old building and funded a full renovation.[7] Today, the Kennedy School functions as an event space with 57 classroom-turned-guestrooms with original chalkboards included. The old cafeteria has been converted into a courtyard restaurant, and the common areas now include a bar, gift shop, movie theater, brewery, and soaking tub. [8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Ritz, Richard Ellison (2002). "Naramore, Floyd". Architects of Oregon: A Biographical Dictionary of Architects Deceased – 19th and 20th Centuries. Portland, Oregon: Lair Hill Publishing. pp. 293–294. ISBN 0-9726200-2-8.
  3. ^ Reeves, Hope (July 20, 2003). "Frugal Traveler; Portland With Umbrella Unopened". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 2. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Laskin, David (April 15, 2007). "36 Hours in Portland, Ore". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Darby, Melissa Cole (December 15, 1987), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Kennedy, John D., Elementary School (PDF), retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.mcmenamins.com/private-events/weddings/KennedySchool
  7. ^ [1] "Kennedy School Timeline"
  8. ^ [2] "Kennedy School"

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