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McMenamins proposes boutique hotel in North Portland
POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM PT
BY: Lee Fehrenbacher
McMenamins is considering a plan to convert a historic Masonic lodge in North Portland into a 46-room boutique hotel. Mount Hood Masonic Lodge No. 157, located on North Commercial Avenue, has been vacant since a 1982 arson wreaked havoc on the interior. (Photo by Sam Tenney/DJC)
McMenamins is looking into the possibility of turning an old, burned-out Masonic lodge in North Portland into a boutique hotel.
Mount Hood Masonic Lodge No. 157 is at 5308 N. Commercial Ave., adjacent to McMenamins’ Chapel Pub. The company envisions joining the two properties by converting the paved parking lot between them into a lush garden with an outdoor spa, a garden bar and a sitting area.
Mario Espinosa, an architect with Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, said the concept is subject to design review and public input. A pre-application conference is scheduled for April 11.
The 16,245-square-foot building was constructed in 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Sutton and Whitney, a once notable Oregon architecture firm, and stands out in the neighborhood with a Colonial Revival-style brick facade. And like other McMenamins properties, its history has flair.