The historic I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / PPAA Building at SE 6th and Alder is being converted into a beer hall and assembly space, set to open later this year. As first reported in the Oregonian ChefStable plan to open the Loyal Legion with 99 Oregon beer halls on tap and an all local menu that includes Olympia Provisions sausages. Union/Pine will operate an event space named Portland Assembly in the upper floor. The architects for the project are John Weil and Design Department.
According to a post at the Portland Preservation blog the building was built in 1908, and was initially used as a lodge by International Organization of Odd Fellows. The building was acquired by the Portland Police Athletic Association in the 1960s, who used the upper floor as a gathering space and members only bar. For many years the ground floor was occupied by The Office Supply Co, and most recently by Citizen’s Photo. The PPAA sold the building in March 2013.
The building is a contributing resource in the East Portland Grand Avenue Historic District, and a Historic Resource Review was required for the exterior alternations to the building. These include replacing four ground floor non-original storefront bays with new wood bi-fold window walls, creating ADA accessible entries, adding new rooftop mechanical equipment and creating a new elevator overrun. The review was approved [PDF] in December 2014, and concluded that the “proposed alterations and additions incorporate elements and materials that are compatible with the building, with the district, and maintain its architectural integrity.”