The Kennedy School
What it was:
An elementary school, built in 1915 and closed in 1975
What it is now:
Converting old buildings into bars, restaurants, and hotels is the McMenamin brothers' jam -- the team also counts an old working farm, a masonic lodge, and a funeral home among its properties. But the Kennedy School might be the coolest. The place has its own brewery, concerts in the gym, hotel rooms in the classrooms, and multiple bars and restaurants under one roof, so you can grab a pint in the boiler room, stop for a cigar in the detention room, eat dinner in the courtyard, kick it with a Scotch in the Honors Bar, and watch a movie in the auditorium -- all without leaving the building.