RENTAL FAQs

WHAT KINDS OF EVENTS CAN I HOLD AT CERIMON HOUSE?

All kinds. We’ve hosted weddings, memorials, meetings, workshops, parties, galas, dances, auctions, meditation retreats, musical performances...and more. The list of uses keeps growing. Our space is flexible to your needs.
 

WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE SPACE?

  • Our sweet spot is 100 but there is flexibility depending on the type of event, duration of programming and the layout your event requires. Click here to tour the building virtually and Click Here to schedule a tour of the building with our Operations Manager.

  • We have a range of smaller rooms that fit smaller groups: for classes or meetings.

 

WHAT AMENITIES COME WITH A RENTAL? 

Click here to see all the building amenities

CAN I TOUR THE SPACE?

Yes. We’d love to show you our beautiful and historic space, on a scheduled basis. Click Here to schedule a physical tour. Click here for a virtual tour. 

WHAT DATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL?

Please contact us to see if you dates are available for rental. 

CAN I HAVE MY THEATRICAL OR MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AT CERIMON HOUSE?

In the case of performances, those tend to be single day/eve affairs, though in some cases a short run (2 nights, for instance) our schedule rarely allows for longer performance runs. Please reach out to us to discuss your performance and rehearsal needs.

WHAT ARE YOUR RENTAL RATES?

Our rental rates vary, and are based on several factors like day of the week, hours of rental, your additional needs like catering or tech support. We offer special rates for other nonprofits. It's best to contact us with details of your event and, if you have a budget in mind, please share that information with us so we can let you know if we can meet your financial needs. 

DO YOU HOST LATE NIGHT EVENTS?

Our venue, located in a residential area, has a 10:00pm curfew, so guests must depart the building by 10:00pm. Staff and caterers must finish their load-out activities by 11:00pm. We adore our neighbors, and so this curfew works-out for all involved. And the ever-wonderful Alberta St. is one block area, and it stays humming later into the night: so that’s a perfect pairing.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations policies vary for each event and all cancellation policies are stated in our contracts before signing. We try to be flexible and understanding about rescheduling and making adjustments as needed. 

DO YOU OFFER AUDIO VISUAL (AV) SERVICES?

Our space is great for projection, whether on the main projection wall in the Main Auditorium, or the softer colored walls in the two main meetings spaces downstairs. We have various AV offerings including projection, microphones, recording and lighting. We also work with some of the best vendors in the business so please contact us for more information on our AV services. 

 

THE BUILDING

WHAT IS THE STORY OF YOUR BUILDING?

Our historic building was built in 1924 as the Alberta Lodge, an 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 from the wrecking-ball in 2013, and restored the building throughout 2014-2015. We re-opened in late 2015, offering our nonprofit organizations humanities & cultural arts programming, as well as renting to the community for events & celebrations. 

 

IS THE BUILDING WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, the main floor of our building is ADA compliant. We have a ramp for outside access to the building (located at the left of our building, on 23rd Ave., directly next to the bike shelter). We also have three ADA compliant restrooms.

Our stage and second floor, including an additional restroom are NOT ADA compliant at this time. 

HOW MANY BATHROOMS ARE THERE?

Four individual, gender neutral, ADA compliant bathrooms, three of which are fully wheelchair accessible.

DOES THE BUILDING HAVE HEAT & AIR CONDITIONING?

Yes. The building has an up-to-date heating & A/C system. It is also zoned, so different areas can be controlled for client comfort.

DO YOU HAVE AN OUTDOOR SPACE?

Not at this time, although our dramatic front steps have become a beloved location for large group photos by our renters. We sit in the midst of a residential zone, and so the comfort of our neighbors is key.

IS THERE A DRESSING ROOM OR BRIDAL SUITE ONSITE?

Yes. Depending on the scope of the rental, we have several rooms that can transform for dressing, preparing, and relaxing.

IS SMOKING OR VAPING ALLOWED?

No. Our entire building and the grounds are 100% smoke & vaping free, both inside and out. Guests are required, by law, to move 10 feet from the property line to smoke, or repair to a walk in the nearby commercial street (Alberta St.) to smoke.

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

DO YOU OFFER TEA & COFFEE SERVICE UPON REQUEST? 

Yes, we offer freshly-brewed coffee and a range of hot teas as an optional add-on. Service is all-inclusive and also includes cups, sweeteners & creamers.  

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON VENDORS I CAN USE?

All caterers must be professional, fully licensed, and insured. We welcome all vendors as long as they are willing to tour the building and sign a vendor agreement. We encourage guests to consider the professionals caterers and vendors from our Preferred Lists.

IS THERE A KITCHEN I CAN USE?

Foods must be professionally prepared offsite, to be plated in our catering hall. Our non-commercial kitchen can only be used as a warming kitchen and modestly-sized staging area. We offer two very small refrigerators for catering to utilize and this is why we require all caterers to visit the venue before we can approve them. We want them to be fully prepared. 

CAN I SERVE WINE, BEER OR LIQUOR?

Only a licensed and insured caterer can supply this service. You can seek a temporary permit from the OLCC but you must follow their guidelines and provide all your OLCC documentation to us. Either way only OLCC licensed server(s) can serve alcohol. Your caterer should be able to provide this, since they are licensed and insured. You must also have an additional rider in your insurance policy if you're serving alcohol at your event. 

 

LOCATION

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are in located in the heart of the Alberta’s Arts District of NE Portland, Oregon - at the corner of NE 23rd Ave. and NE Sumner St. We are conveniently located 1.5 miles from the Interstate 5 freeway, and 5 miles from the Portland Airport.  

WHERE DO MY GUESTS PARK?

We offer free on-street parking, within the city blocks that surround our building. In general, the walk is no more than two blocks away, and if you are attending with elderly or differently-abled friends & family, please drop them off at our doors first before parking. This is a vibrant & busy residential neighborhood, with a commercial street one block away, and active schools & churches. We strongly suggest that folks use NE Killingsworth as their travel artery, and that they seek parking north of our building (between NE Sumner St. and NE Killingsworth St.). Always encourage your guests to ride share or take public transportation. 

DO YOU OFFER BIKE PARKING?

Yes, we have an ample outdoor bike rack, located at the base of our ADA ramp - which is on the front of our building (NE 23rd Ave.)

ARE YOU ACCESSIBLE VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

Yes. Three major Tri-Met bus lines travel are within walking distance to us:
#72  [Clackamas/Swan Island]   #17  [NE Saratoga/SE 134th]    #8  [NE Dekum/Marquam Hill]

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION WE DIDN'T ANSWER? 

Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

5131 NE 23RD AVE  PORTLAND  OREGON  97211 
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