See The Space
Take A quick visual tour of our building:
including the main auditorium, Halls, suites, and BREAK-OUT rooms...
The former Alberta Lodge (built in 1924) is a remarkable assembly hall located in the heart of the NE Alberta Arts District in Portland.
The building was originally the home of a neighborhood Masonic Lodge for 62 years, and then a place of worship as a church for 20 years.
Cerimon House acquired and saved the building in 2013, and restored the edifice to a new glory...offering our humanities & cultural arts programming, as well as renting the building to the community for gatherings and celebrations of all kinds.
The Main Auditorium
....is a wonderful, large gathering space on our first floor. Perfect for lectures, presentations, play readings, workshops, and celebrations, this room can fit 120 seated guests (lecture/performance style) or 100 seated guests for a meal (chairs & tables) or 150 guests for a standing "cocktail party style" event, gala or auction.
The room measures 38' X 38' and has 6 different entrances and exits. This marvelous hall features direct access to all first floor areas, a baby grand piano, a projection wall, and a wrap-around balcony along three sides (which can be added for an additional fee, or is included in a large-event package.) This room is completely ADA-accessible and ready for your event.
....(pronounced "éff-eh-sis") is located just off of the Main Auditorium on our first floor. This long, golden-hued hall is a medium-sized space for smaller events with a maximum capacity of 40 seated guests, often used for social gatherings, classes & workshops, small parties and intimate performances.
Conveniently located next to our 3 downstairs ADA compliant restrooms and front lobby. With beautiful refinished floors and two sets of doors leading in to the auditorium, this room can be added-on to a rental of the auditorium (for a small additional cost), and then used as a catering/bar area or additional tabling space for your event.
The Upstairs Suite
...is a private room located on our second floor (accessible only by stairs). This multi-use space is most usually transformed into our Bridal Suite for weddings, or a dressing room for the occasional performance. It is also one of our most requested spaces as a classroom or meeting room for groups of up to 18 in size.
Conveniently located near our back staircase, and with easy access to Ephesus Hall and restrooms. There are many different configurations that work well in this cheery room. Upon occasion, renters will also book the smaller connecting room [called "Bird's Nest"] when a double-suite configuration is useful (particularly for weddings.)
The "Parlor" & "Bird's Nest"
....are our two small meeting rooms (one on each floor) and can also be transformed into useful "green rooms" for staff or performers.
Both rooms are perfect for a small meeting or meal, private consultation, therapy sessions, or private lessons. These rooms can fit up to 8 people seated around a table.
The rooms are each located in the SW corner of our building, near our side garden, making them extremely quiet and private.
....wraps around three sides of the Main Auditorium on the second floor of our building. The space is great to add to a rental when more room is needed to accommodate your guests at a large event..
Two wooden pews and 16 antique theater seats line two sides of the balcony: permanent seating to view events in the Auditorium. There is ample space for an upstairs bar & food table for catering, and additional seating, most especially for gala-style events. The windows in the balcony give it a beautiful natural light during the daytime, and can be lit-up with gallery lighting for evening events.
....is the main artery to all of the other spaces in our building. It features a series of double doors into the Main Auditorium, Ephesus Hall, and the Art Gallery...direct access to our 3 downstairs ADA compliant restrooms, as well as a staircase to our Balcony.
This is the welcoming area of the building, complete with a large front desk and bench seating. And if your event requires a modestly-sized check-in table or a box office set-up, this is where that would be located. At times, the connecting Art Gallery hallway is repurposed as a coat check booth (when renters have volunteers to staff the area.)
The Art Gallery
....is a hallway with articulated lighting to accommodate the hanging of different art shows. Cerimon House programming features pre-scheduled rotating exhibits of local and national artists, in conjunction with our annual programming themes.
(Pictured left: Betty Paints NE Portland, paintings by Betty Chilstrom).
During a large event, this downstairs area is often used as a "backstage" area exclusively for the catering and event staff. In this manner, it acts as a remarkable artery, to keep the flow of an event in motion.
There is additional art gallery upstairs, where we are honored to feature a semi-permanent collection of the works of local artist Betty Chilstrom.
Our building is ADA compliant, with a FULL ramp outside. not pictured ARE four attractive ADA COMPLIANT restrooms, an outdoor bicycle parking rack, a baby grand piano, and other amenities throughout the building.
Photos by Lindsey Rickert Photography.