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The Historic Old Church is an event venue located in downtown Portland's cultural West End district -- steps away from urban parks, upscale hotels and city nightlife. Since its completion in 1882, it has been a Portland landmark and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. It is no longer a dedicated church, but serves Portland as a unique community facility; no wonder weddings and commitment ceremonies are the most frequently booked events at this site.
We can accommodate up to 300 guests in Collins Auditorium, and 150 cocktail reception or 80 seated wedding style in Kinsman Hall. Looking for something more intimate? Lannie Hurst Parlour is perfect for weddings of 40 or less. The fees to rent this historic facility range from $300 to $1,800, so we can accommodate any budget.
Whatever size wedding you choose, our on-site wedding coordinators are happy to assist you on your special day. For decades this iconic building at SW 11th Avenue and Clay Street has launched couples toward exciting lives together. We'd love to answer your questions and give you a tour. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11am to 3pm. Phone: 503-222-2031.
The Historic Old Church is no longer a dedicated church. It operates as an independent historical society and maintains no religious affiliation. This enables each couple to select the officiator of their choice, whether it’s a pastor from your home church or a family friend. Our event coordinators are happy to assist you in finding an officiant from our list of nondenominational ministers if needed.
This Carpenter Gothic structure features classic cathedral ceilings with the original Povey Brothers leaded stained-glass windows. The hand-carved oak and fir pews seat 300 guests and are divided by a 30-foot center aisle that forms a semicircle around the ample altar area. A wheelchair ramp entrance, designed to blend seamlessly with the church’s architecture, makes the auditorium accessible for all your guests. The beautiful tones of our antique Hook and Hastings tracker organ and Steinway grand piano add a warmth and elegance to your ceremony. Thanks to a newly installed air-conditioning and heating system, you and your guests will be comfortable in any season.
A dressing room with ample mirrors and a beautiful adjoining Victorian parlor, furnished in period antiques, provides a relaxing and gracious setting for you and your party. A second dressing room, located in the basement, provides extra space for preparations.
Ceremony rentals include:
* Grand Piano
* Two 9-candle Candelabras (candles not included)
* Lighters for candelabra (two)
* Two dressing areas
* Altar table suitable for unity candle
* Guest book table
* Gift table
* Kneeling Bench
All rental fees include a caring and experienced Coordinator who will provide guidance at your rehearsal as well as the day of your ceremony. Always on-site, she or he works with you to ensure the success of your special day.
Kinsman Hall, adjacent to Collins Auditorium, serves as an ideal backdrop for elegant receptions. This Victorian-style ballroom with its brass chandelier, hardwood floors, 25 foot ceilings, stained-glass windows, grand piano and antique furniture, accommodates 150 guests for a standing buffet or 80 seated at tables. We provide the setup and removal of tables and chairs. You may choose the caterer and musicians of your choice.
Reception rentals include:
* Grand piano
* Kitchen facilities
* 85 folding chairs
* 11 X 6 foot banquet tables
* 9 X 48″ round tables
* Two 100-cup and two 30-cup stainless steel coffee makers
* Bar sink in Kinsman Hall
A ceremony held in the Lannie Hurst parlour, rather than in Collins Auditorium requires a minimum 2 hours; maximum 40 guests. No reception, no rehearsal. Extra $100 fee if cake and champagne is served. Parlour weddings are typically not available on Saturdays.