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Kennedy School

Coordinates: 45°33′52″N 122°37′49″W / 45.5645°N 122.6302°W / 45.5645; -122.6302
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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; -122.6302
Area4.22 acres (1.71 ha)
ArchitectFloyd Naramore[2]
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
NRHP reference No.88003472
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 1995

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.


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]


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.[6] 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.[7]

Kennedy School won in the "Best Date Bar" category of Willamette Week's "Best of Portland Readers' Poll 2020".[8]

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  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. Section 5, Page 6. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Laskin, David (April 15, 2007). "36 Hours in Portland, Ore". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Darby, Melissa Cole (December 15, 1987), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Kennedy, John D., Elementary School (PDF), archived (PDF) from the original on March 3, 2016, retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. ^ ""Kennedy School Timeline"". Archived from the original on 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  7. ^ ""Kennedy School"". Archived from the original on 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  8. ^ "Bars + Nightlife: Congratulations to the winners + finalists of Best of Portland Readers' Poll 2020". Willamette Week. July 21, 2020. Archived from the original on August 11, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2020.

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