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: 1 mic & 2 speakers
  • A speaker’s podium and 2 easels
  • Use of the front desk in our lobby for your staff to greet attendees and run box office

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 here 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. For instance Saturdays are the most requested, and Sundays and weeknights can fill up. Visit the Rental Rates on the pull-down tab above.
Please email: with your event information, and we’ll get right back to you to set up a tour.

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 activities 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 30 days from the 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 Audio Visual (AV) services?

We offer a projector & cart for a rental of $75 per event. You will need to provide your own laptop & attachments (all necessary cords), and most importantly your own A/V helper/volunteer Technician to run your images during your event. We do not staff the AV. Thanks for your understanding.

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 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. We recently hosted an event with 14 patrons in wheelchairs, and it was a great success. Our bathrooms are wonderfully designed and fully compliant.

How many bathrooms are there?

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

Does the building have heat & air conditioning?

Yes. The building has the most 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. We also plan to complete our side garden in 2019 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 & vaping free, both inside and on all of our grounds. Guests are required, by law, to move ten 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. 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, fully licensed and insured. We ask that you consider the professionals caterers and vendors 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 the licensed caterers.

Can I serve wine, beer or liquor?

Only a licensed and insured caterer can supply this service. Only OLCC licensed server(s) can serve alcohol. Your caterer should be able to provide this. We have one in-house caveat in this area: No Kegs (unless accessed by licensed caterers only, and for an additional damage deposit.)


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]