Shirley Marvin Extended-Stay Hotel Opens
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Shirley Marvin Extended-Stay Hotel Opens

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Visit us on Friday, June 11th from 5 - 8 on BeatWalk night.

The Shirley Marvin, an extended-stay hotel, opens this week, offering affordable, fully-furnished 5-room apartment suites for minimum 30-day stays. Located at 3815 S Edmunds St, The Shirley Marvin is a convenient, neighborhood alternative for relocation, short-term housing, extended-stay, and personal transitions. Each of its four apartment/suites has a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom with a queen-size bed, and huge walk-in closets. The units have sunny balconies or porches and a private landscaped courtyard.

So, who is Shirley Marvin? It's actually two people, Shirley and Marvin, the grandchildren of D. W. (Will) Brown, one of Columbia City's founders. In 1891 Brown, a streetcar motorman, bought the first lot in Columbia City when the town was just a freshly logged-off patch at the end of a new streetcar line. He built the Shirley Marvin building on Edmunds Street in 1935 and named it after his grandchildren. The building remained a fixture of the family for many years.

Marvin, also known as (Buzz), and his wife, Joanne, lived there as newlyweds, and grandparents Will and Edith moved into one of the apartments when they retired. After the Browns passed away, first Shirley, and then Buzz owned the building until 2009, when Rob Mohn and Shelley Morrison bought and restored it. Buzz Anderson, who was director of the Rainier Valley Historical Society for many years, and his sister Shirley Peringer, still live in the neighborhood and are happy to see this classic building continue to be a hub of hospitality and a vibrant part of the community.

The Shirley is comfortably appointed with vintage furnishings that complement the classic 1930s brick-clad building. Guests will receive a Columbia City welcome package with discounts for many local businesses and restaurants.

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