McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries – a Portland-based company with a penchant for rescuing, renovating and repurposing historic buildings – is working to transform a 1911 structure in downtown Portland into a full-service hotel. The new McMenamins’ property (as of yet unnamed) is scheduled to open in early 2009. Its triangular footprint will encompass 50 guest rooms, a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and outdoor seating; a heated saltwater soaking pool; spa-like massage rooms; and the subterranean Cellar Bar, which will connect to McMenamins’ existing Ringlers Annex Pub next door. Through artwork and historic photographs, McMenamins will commemorate the property’s evolution from pioneer residence to tire shop to live jazz club to – most recently and significantly – part of Portland’s “gay triangle.”
In addition to adjoining Ringlers Annex, the new hotel is just one block from McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, a historic venue that has presented live national music acts since the 1920s, ranging from Rudolph Valentino to the Grateful Dead to Modest Mouse. With its location in Portland’s Burnside Triangle/West End district, the whimsically designed hotel will be adjacent to the Pearl District and a five-minute walk from Portland’s downtown city center.
For updates on the hotel’s progress, visit www.mcmenamins.com