Kennedy School Adds English Wing

Literary luminaries highlighted in McMenamins' school-turned-hotel
Kennedy School adds English wing // (c) 2013 McMenamins
Kennedy School adds English wing // (c) 2013 McMenamins

The Details

McMenamins' Kennedy School, a unique hotel in Portland, has added 22 guest rooms to its facility, increasing the total number of rooms to 57.

The new English Wing has a literary theme, with rooms such as Ramona inspired by Portland native Beverly Cleary's books. Each new room features custom artwork based on a different literary work, and vintage lighting fixtures grace the halls.

The Kennedy School was built in 1915 and operated as an elementary school until 1975. Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin reopened the property as a hotel in 1997.

A draw for locals as well as visitors, the Kennedy School also features several restaurants and bars, a brewery, event spaces and a movie theater in the old school auditorium. The renovation comes ahead of the Oregon hospitality group's 30th anniversary, which they are celebrating in 2013.

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