22 Oct What’s New
McMenamins’ New Downtown Digs
The McMenamin brothers have done it again. The pair have renovated dozens of classic buildings around the Pacific Northwest into quirky, comfortable lodging and dining destinations. This time, they’ve swung in not to save an old building, but to boost downtown Bend’s notoriously overcrowded lodging options.
The original St. Francis School opened in downtown Bend in 1936, and four bungalows were added sometime between the 1940s and 1960s as lodging for staff. The historic Catholic school was renovated into a McMenamins destination in 2005, with those four bungalows serving as lodging.
Now, three of the bungalows have been relocated to allow for the construction of two new buildings, comprised of 41 rooms, inspired by and incorporating design elements from the original bungalows. The 17-room Education House is themed after historic St. Francis School figures, such as Donna Lutzky, the school’s first art teacher. The 24-room Art House features hand-painted scenes from McMenamins locations, lore and beyond. Each is a sparkly new example of the charm, comfort and innovation that are McMenamins trademarks.
Guestrooms feature televisions, telephones, internet access and private bathrooms with showers. As with all Old St. Francis School lodging, overnight guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the soaking pool. Book a night in the Art House or the Ed House before they fill up.