These sites, except the Multnomah Arts Center and Sellwood Community Center, are operated by Friends groups or non-profit organizations. Contact each site directly for information on reservations, fees, and policies:
Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE 122 Ave, 503-823-9503)
The Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden features a Great Room with heavy wooden beams, fireplace, piano, and French doors leading to an outdoor terrace. Fifty to seventy people can be comfortably accommodated inside. The capacity is slightly higher when utilizing the adjacent outdoor terrace. Kitchen facilities, serving area, and changing rooms are available.
Oaks Pioneer Church (455 SE Spokane, 503-234-3570)
The church, originally St John's Episcopal Church, was built in 1851 and was moved to the edge of Sellwood Park in 1961. It has been restored by the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) and is now listed as a Portland Historical Landmark and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. This historic chapel seats about 75 people. The church and its park-like surroundings overlooking the Willamette River provide a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. More information
Overlook House (3839 N. Melrose Drive, 503-823-3188)
Formerly the home of civic leader Elvira Raven, this 1927 English Tudor house sits on more than an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with views of the Willamette River and the West Hills. Mature trees and lovely perennials frame the garden providing a tranquil setting. A rose covered trellis in the backyard creates a focal point for a romantic outdoor wedding and/or reception during the summer and early fall months. Inside, the charm of the original woodwork, beveled glass, tile fireplace, plentiful windows, and access to a deck overlooking the grounds offer an intimate environment. Overlook House is managed by the volunteers of Friends of the Overlook House; all rental funds are used to maintain and restore the home and grounds. More information
Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787)
Located in Multnomah Village, the 1920s vintage auditorium at Multnomah Arts Center is an ideal reception area accommodating up to 180 people around tables or 260 people theatre style. Tables, chairs, stage, kitchen, outdoor courtyard with picnic tables, piano, and public address system are available.
Sellwood Community Center (1436 SE Spokane, 503-823-3195)
Ten blocks from Oaks Pioneer Church, this Victorian-style building comfortably accommodates 100 people. Sellwood Community Center has a kitchen, meeting room, upstairs gymnasium, and a lobby space with a decorative fireplace.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (SE 28 & Woodstock Blvd, 503-256-2483)
Located on the east side of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, the 7-acre Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden provides a beautiful setting for weddings and receptions. Spring bloom is magnificent;summer is lovely with lush greenery against the backdrop of Crystal Springs Lake; autumn is beautiful with the turning leaves. Birds and squirrels abound during all seasons. Reservations are accepted up to two years in advance for May through September. However, due to weather conditions, larger events (up to 350 attendees) are scheduled only from July 1 to mid-September; smaller groups (up to 50 attendees) can be accommodated from May to mid-September.
All special events, including photographic sessions, must be scheduled through the Garden's event coordinator at 503-823-2483. Each event is custom-designed to your wishes; there are no 'packages' offered. Fees are calculated based on group size and hours used. Portfolios of previous events are available. It is recommended that events serving food be catered since there is no on-site kitchen or preparation area. Alcohol may be served by a licensed caterer with proper insurance; forms will be provided. Events extending into the evening hours require lighting along the pathways for safety reasons. The coordinator will assist you in planning for liability protection for yourself and the Garden.
Columbia Cottage (4339 N. Lombard, 503-735-1537)
Located in Columbia Park, this brick building was dedicated in 1940 as the city's newest community club. The facility is operated by the Friends of Columbia Park and can accommodate up to 75 people. It has a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, piano, and accessible restrooms. Tables & chairs are also available. Rental Information