McMenamins is on the prowl to transform another interesting old abandoned building into a boutique hotel. This time, its eyes are on the Mount Hood Masonic Lodge, located on North Commercial Ave. adjacent to McMenamins' own Chapel Pub. Ideally, the company would connect the two buildings with a parking lot and garden space.
The lodge would be the third and largest McMenamins hotel to grace North Portland—boasting a estimated 46 rooms. The company also hopes to squeeze a couple pubs, a restaurant, an event venue and a spa into the three-story building. But getting there won't be easy.
The old building (built in the 1920s) was set on fire by ruffians in the late 80s, leaving it in need of some serious refurbishing, as well as a seismic upgrade. “But you can see the remnants of the grandeur that was there and these big, enormous spaces that were used for ceremonies and meetings,” Tim Hills, McMenamins historian told the Daily Journal of Commerce. Hills hopes to return the building to its once classy state.
Plans for reconstruction and beyond remain in the preliminary stages. The company's concept is currently open to public comment and plan review and awaits the first steps in the approval process.