The Historic Old Church

Come on in to The Historic Old Church! We are a public events and performance venue located in downtown Portland’s cultural West End district. This historic jewel is a remarkable community space, home to concerts, lectures, ceremonies and receptions. In fact, we host a free noon sack lunch recital every Wednesday! Read below for our latest updates, click on Calendar to check out what’s happening here, and sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss our great events!

The Old Church is closed today, November 13, 2014

Due to inclemate weather, The Old Church will not be opened for office hours today, 11:00am to 3:00pm.  We will re-open tomorrow at 11:00am.

The 9:00am Yoga Class has been cancelled.

“Take These Broken Wings” Flute and Piano Recital, at  7:30pm has been cancelled. They will re-schedule in the Spring.

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William Hawkins III FREE! Book Launch Party, Saturday, November 15 at 4:00pm



“The Legacy of the Olmstead Brothers in Portland”

By William J. Hawkins III

Sunday, November 16 at 4:00pm ~ FREE but RSVP Required.  Click here to register.

Please join us as we celebrate the release of William Hawkins III’s latest book on the development of our local park system.  Reading, followed by signing and reception.

“If ever you’ve wondered how this urban jewel evolved in its favored place between the ocean and the Cascades, ‘The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland,’ a handsome, 200-page softcover, is intended for you. With an abundance of color photos and historic maps, the book traces the development of Portland’s system of parks and parkways from the establishment in 1871 of what was then called City Park — now Washington Park.      ‘The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland’ is a book for people who love Portland. Specifically, for the people who love Portland’s flowerbeds, trees, meadows, soccer fields, parkways and graceful gazebos.”  Mike Francis, Oregonian

Portland architect William (Bill) Hawkins III is the 2013 George McMath Award recipient and is honored for his dedication to preservation through both his architectural career and scholarly work. The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program and Venerable, Inc., present the McMath Award annually to an individual whose contributions in Oregon have raised awareness and advocacy for historic preservation.

Hawkins served on the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation from 1985-1993. He was honored with an Architectural Heritage Award in 2000 from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, which in 2010 established the William J. Hawkins III FAIA Internship in honor of Hawkins and his exemplary contributions to historic preservation.

Because of his advocacy for Portland parks, Hawkins’ efforts in landscape preservation became known nationally and he was invited to serve on the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP). 



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