Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Mom" at Grand Lodge

In Oregon (and Washington) there is a strange and beautiful thing called the McMenamins Kingdom. In this vast conglomerate of bars, reclaimed theater and old hotels, exists The Grand Lodge - an old Masonic Retirement Home that has been remade into a hotel / movie theater / restaurant curiosity. At one time, orphans were also housed in this building, but were moved out when they began to annoy the oldies. Still, there exists a painting, emulating a photograph (which I hope to get a copy of sometime to add to my collection of "goat cart pics") of Mom - one of the caretakers of these orphans - riding her goat cart above the lodge. Fantastic. You can buy teeshirts of this, and the image is featured on the Grand Lodge brochure.

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