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Kamm House

Location: The Historic Kamm House in Goose Hollow

The Alliance Française uses office and classroom space on the ground floor of the historic Kamm House in southwest downtown Portland. The building is located a half-block up the hill behind the Goose Hollow Max station (just a few blocks south of Providence Park and the MAC). There is free parking (about 30 spots) in front of the Kamm House (students should also inquire about other parking options).


1425 SW 20th Avenue, Suite #102
Portland, OR 97201-2485

Phone: 503.223.8388
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The Alliance’s email address is: Two administrators review all emails and respond quickly to your inquiries.

Business Hours:
9-7:30 Monday through Thursday
9-5 Friday
9 – 1:30 Saturday

The Kamm House was built in 1871 by steamboat captain and financier Jacob Kamm and is said to be the only remaining French Second Empire style house in Portland. The Alliance occupies five rooms on the ground floor and rents space in the adjacent church (FUMC).


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Coming into town on Hwy 26, arriving from the West:

• Take Exit 73 – Jefferson Street, Providence Park.
• Merge onto SW Jefferson Street (the BMW dealer will be on your left).
• At the first red light, turn right onto SW 20th Ave. (just before the Goose Hollow Max station and just before the Jefferson roundabout).
• Go to the end of the cul-de-sac, the Kamm House is the Victorian building on the right.

Coming into town on I-5, from the South:

• Go north on I-5.
• Keep left to take 1-405N via Exit 299-B toward US26W/City Center/Beaverton.
• Take exit 2A toward Salmon St./Providence Park.
• Turn slight right onto SW 14th Ave.
• Take the first right onto SW Salmon St.
• Take the 1st right onto SW 13th Ave.
• Turn right onto SW Jefferson Street and pass through the roundabout.
• Turn left onto SW 20th Ave (at the light at the Goose Hollow Max station.)
• Destination will be on the right (Victorian building at the end of the cul-de-sac.)

Coming into town on I-5, from the North:
• Head south on I-405.
• Take exit 2A for Couch St toward Burnside St.
• Merge onto NW 15th Ave. Stay on 15th Avenue as it crosses Burnside, until the road ends at SW Salmon.
• At SW Salmon, turn right.
• At the light at SW 18th Avenue, turn left.
• At the traffic circle (roundabout at SW Jefferson), take the 1st exit onto SW Jefferson St.
• Turn left onto SW 20th Ave.
• Destination will be on the right (Victorian building at the end of the cul-de-sac.)


Street parking is available near the Alliance on SW 20th as well as in some private lots mentioned below. The lot designated on the photo by the green arrow at SW Columbia & SW 18th is open to Alliance students & visitors daily except Sunday.

Choice A: The Street in Front of the Kamm House Directly across SW 20th Avenue in front of the Kamm House are about 20 diagonal parking spots; park snugly so as many cars as possible will fit. Don’t park beyond the posted area at the end of the cul‐de‐sac and don’t park in the 6 double‐deep spots in the small lot on the south of our building which are designated for the building’s residents. Also note that there are posted time limits for street parking, and there is a risk of getting tickets by parking control personnel. Sorry, the Alliance is not responsible if you are ticketed by parking control.

Choice B: Alliance Parking as Arranged with FUMC Church Alliance students and event attendees can park for free in the 32 spots in the lot closest to SW Columbia and SW 18th Avenue, near the Jefferson Street roundabout (indicated by green arrow) while attending AF classes or events on weekdays and Saturdays. This is a private lot which has signage, “Church Property Parking by Permission Only” and the Alliance logo at the bottom, and a large “A.” It is a five‐minute walk from this lot to the Kamm House. Initial your pass and list the class code (or event) on it; put the pass on your dash to identify you as with the Alliance. (These passes are only valid while attending classes or Alliance events). Note that neither the Alliance nor FUMC are responsible to damage or loss in the lot.

Choice C: Willamette Dental Parking ‐ 1933 SW Jefferson Street Free parking at Willamette Dental is available to Alliance students after 6pm and on Saturdays only. This lot is located at the corner of SW 20th & Jefferson, north side of intersection (indicated by yellow arrow). It is posted ‘customer parking only’; the clinic is letting our students use the lot at the designated hours.

Handicap parking: Contact our office, and we can reserve a spot for you next to the Kamm building.

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