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phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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5340 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Soo Pak, Arts, Culture & Special Events Manager

503-823-3345

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Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

Portland Parks & Recreation is currently developing a community-driven plan to reopen the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center building in late 2017, and is unable to accommodate rental requests at this time. Our process is guided by principles of fairness, transparency, and inclusion. Our goals are to;

  1. Stay true to IFCC's original mission to explore, preserve and celebrate diversity
  2. Honor IFCC's history and roots in the African American community
  3. Advance the City of Portland's commitment to equity. 

Please contact Soo Pak if you would like to be involved.


About IFCC

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. 

Mission Statement
IFCC is committed to creating an environment in which people of every ethnic and cultural background come together as artists and audience to explore, preserve, and celebrate their diversity.


IFCC History

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in north Portland at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. The IFCC was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan. The building was originally constructed in 1910 as a fire station and was in use until 1959. The renovated structure now contains a theater with the capacity for over 100 seated guests, an art gallery, dance studio, and space for rehearsals or classes.

The building is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation, a City of Portland Bureau, and was managed by IFCC, Inc. until May 2010, when the non-profit ceased operations. In August 2010, management authority was given to Ethos, Inc. by a unanimous vote of the Portland city council. Ethos returned management responsibilities to the City of Portland on December 31, 2014 to redirect their resources to support expanded outreach in communities throughout Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation took over management responsibilities on January 1, 2015 and is committed to honoring the rich traditions of this historic space. Staff works closely with the public to plan programming that celebrates multiculturalism and community access at IFCC.

historical photo of IFCC from 1910