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First Congregational Church

Welcome to the First Congregational Church, home of Sanctuary Hall, a historic landmark nestled in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Our sanctuary stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of history, architectural elegance, and community spirit that has defined our presence for over a century.


Founded in 1851, the First Congregational Church has been an integral part of Portland's cultural and religious landscape. Our roots trace back to a time when the city was emerging as a hub of diversity and progress. Over the years, the church has witnessed the unfolding stories of generations, reflecting the ever-changing character of Portland.


Construction & Architecture
Our distinguished Venetian Gothic-style church, a masterpiece of architectural brilliance, was erected in 1891. The soaring spires and intricate detailing showcase the craftsmanship of a bygone era, capturing the essence of timeless beauty. As you step through the doors, you'll be immersed in an atmosphere where history converges with spiritual resonance.

The interior of the Sanctuary Hall is a symphony of space and light, with stained glass windows casting a kaleidoscope of colors upon the polished wooden pews. The intricate woodwork, high vaulted ceilings, and meticulous design pay homage to an era when craftsmanship was an art form.

First Congregational Church proudly houses several examples of Povey Stained Glass. Renowned for vibrant colors and intricate detailing, it reflects the city's cultural spirit. Despite the company's closure, Povey Stained Glass endures in cherished windows, connecting present-day Portland to its rich artistic heritage.

As stewards of this architectural gem, we invite you to explore the living history within our walls. Whether you seek solace in quiet reflection or marvel at the craftsmanship of a bygone era, First Congregational Church opens its doors to all who appreciate the intersection of history, architecture, and community. Join us in celebrating the enduring legacy of our beloved church in the heart of Portland.

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Bridgetown Productions

Established in 2016, Bridgetown Productions is the driving force behind the events at Sanctuary Hall. Specializing in concerts, weddings, and diverse events, we extend our expertise beyond the First Congregational Church to venues across the Northwest. As a proud partner of the Bridgetown Bluegrass & Folk Festival 501(c)3, we offer comprehensive festival and event services, catering to a wide array of public and private gatherings. Our commitment to seamless production and memorable experiences defines Bridgetown Productions as a dynamic presence in the event landscape.

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