The Old Church is a nonprofit, non-religious concert hall and all-ages event venue with a rich history and a dynamic 21st century identity. Built in 1882, it is the oldest church building in downtown Portland and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1967, dedicated citizens banded together to purchase and save this heritage building from demolition. Our dual mission is to preserve and celebrate the building’s historic architecture and create music and arts programs that enhance the cultural life of the community. Through our programming and operations, we are committed to being a cultural living room open to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability status, geography, age and other forms of bias. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central values as we strive to foster inspired and creative community.
We encourage you to read more about our history, but we’re most excited about our present and future. The Old Church is run by a creative and dedicated staff and a passionate board of directors. With contributions from supporters like you, we are able to offer free music, culture and community-building programs for children and adults – all in a unique performance venue in the heart of the city.
We invite you to get involved!
- Attend a concert or special event – Events Calendar
- Book a show or event – How to Book
- Volunteer – Get Started
- Join the board of directors or become an Old Church ambassador – Learn More
- Donate to ensure this architectural treasure continues as a vital gathering place –
2016 Annual Report
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Staff & Board
The Old Church has a terrific staff who believe deeply in its mission and work tirelessly to bring you great events, raise crucial funds, and engage the community.
The Old Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. This excellent example of Carpenter Gothic architecture has been remarkably unaltered since its construction in the 1880s.
Our Hook and Hastings tracker action pipe organ has had a fascinating history and continues to be much loved.