What kinds of events can I hold at Cerimon House?

All kinds. We’ve hosted everything from weddings & memorials, to meetings & workshops, parties & galas, to dances & auctions, meditation retreats, musical performances...and more. The list of uses keeps growing. Our space is very flexible to your needs.
Contact us at with your event information, and we'll see how we can best help. 

What is the capacity of the space?

  • For celebrations (catered weddings, galas & parties) our main auditorium can host 100 people seated (at tables) or 150 people (standing) for a cocktail style event.
  • For lectures or performances in "theatre style" rows, our auditorium can host 120 (+ 35 more in balcony when that space is requested as an add-on).
  • We have a range of smaller rooms that fit smaller groups: often for classes or meetings. 

What comes with a rental? Any amenities?

Our goal is to make everything easy for you. Each rental includes: 

  • Free use of up-to-120 banquet chairs and 20 folding tables (6' X 2.5')
  • Free use of various café tables: often used for catering, and accent tables
  • On-site staff during your entire event
  • Set-up & clean-up organized by our staff
  • Basic sound system with 2 speakers
  • A speaker’s podium and 2 easels
  • Use of the front desk in our lobby for your staff to greet attendees

Can I tour the space?

Yes. We’d love to show you our beautiful and historic space. Email to schedule a tour.
And you can also get a real sense of it: right her at the website by clicking on the See The Space page in the pulldown menus above.

What dates are still available for rental?

We’re a multi-use building, and our calendar is dynamic: so the events in the building do "flip" quite often each week.
We welcome all kinds of rentals, and so: in the case of performances those tend to be single day/eve affairs, though in some cases a short run (2-3 nights) is possible. Please email with your event information, and we’ll reply quickly with availability options.

What are your rental rates?

Our rental rates vary: based on the time of week, and also the time of the year.  
Please email: with your event information, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Do you host late night events?

Our venue has a 10:00p.m. curfew, so guests must depart the building by 10:00pm. Staff and caterers must finish their load-out by 11:00pm.
We sit within a residential zone, and adore our neighbors. And so this curfew works-out for all involved.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations made more than within 30 days of event will receive a 50% refund, otherwise (any less than 30 days) the deposit is forfeited. This is common practice among venues such as ours, as a cancellation makes it extremely difficult to reschedule the date with another patron.

Do you offer AV services?

We offer a projector & cart for a rental of $75 per event. You will need to provide your own laptop and attachments, and most importantly: an A/V helper-volunteer technician to run your images during your event. We do not staff the AV.

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 in 2013, and we restored the edifice to a new glory 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, our building is ADA compliant. We have a ramp for outside access to the building, as well as four ADA compliant bathrooms. 

How many bathrooms are there?

Four individual, unisex bathrooms, three of which are wheelchair accessible.

Does the building have heat and air conditioning?

Yes. The building has the most up-to-date "zoned" heating and A/C system.

Do you have an outdoor space?

Not at this time, although our dramatic front steps have become a beloved location for large group photos. We also plan to complete our large side garden in 2018 as a contemplative & quiet space. We sit in 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 allowed?

No. Our building is 100% smoke and vaping free, both inside and on all of our grounds. Guests are required to move ten feet from the property line to smoke, or repair to the nearby commercial street (Alberta St.) to smoke.

Food and Refreshments

Do you offer tea and/or coffee service upon request? 

Yes, we offer freshly-brewed coffee and a range of hot teas as an optional add-on. Contact us at with your event details and we can provide pricing information. Service is all-inclusive and also includes cups, sweeteners & creamers.  

Are there any restrictions on vendors I can use?

All caterers must be professional and fully licensed and insured. We ask that you consider the marvelous professionals on 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 for-&-by licensed caterers.

Can I serve wine, beer or liquor?

We require that only OLCC licensed server(s) serve alcohol. Your caterer should be able to provide this. We can can also provide one for a fee. Speak to your caterer about their services.


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. (Google Map)

Where do my guests park?

We offer free on-street parking. We’ve never had problems with guests parking within the city blocks that surround our building. For larger events we certainly do strongly suggest that folks use NE Killingsworth as a travel artery, and that they seek parking north of our building (between NE Sumner St. and NE Killingsworth St.)

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]