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Group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment.
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Bienvenue to the Alliance Française de Portland, the French language center and cultural community for everyone.
Where Portland gathers to speak – and learn – French.

Coming Up

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Sep 13 - Nov 20
Fall Term runs September 13 - November 20 with classes to engage and challenge you.   Use the Early Bird discount for 10% off of the class fee using the code earlybird...
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The Alliance Française de Portland is partnering with Frantastique for a fresh way to develop your French. Learn French everyday with an entertaining, interactive lesson delivered to your inbox. It's...
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The Alliance’s free weekly conversation group on Zoom, run by board members and other volunteers, is available for drop-in conversation on Wednesday nights at 5:15pm. It attracts 20-30 registrants who...
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If you’ve had even the glimmer of an idea to enrich your life with a move to France – whether living full-time or part-time in the Hexagone – this is...
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Dec 13 - Dec 17
  Try Something New Week - December 13-17 It's time to mark your calendars for December special programs! Try Something New Week workshops are now arriving and more are being added to...

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Jacob Kamm House Portland Oregon

The Historic Kamm House in Goose Hollow

The Alliance Française is located in the historic Kamm House in downtown Portland. 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 offices and classrooms on the ground floor. We're a half-block up SW 20th Avenue from the Goose Hollow Max station on SW Jefferson, just a few blocks south of Providence Park.

There is limited parking in front of the Kamm House. However, there is ample free parking available nearby in Parking Lot B at 1450 Southwest 18th Avenue for Alliance students and visitors. Please get a parking permit from the office. Parking is also available (AFTER 6:00pm ONLY!) in the Willamette Dental parking lot at 1933 SW Jefferson St.

Bikes are welcome at the Alliance, and you'll find a bike rack to the rear of the building.

Contact Us:

Email:   During the COVID pandemic, email is our preferred method of contact.

Phone: 503.223.8388   Your messages will be answered within 24 hours.

Physical Address:

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


Getting Here on Trimet

The Alliance Française is just steps away from the Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St Max Station. The 58 Canyon Road bus stops at SW 20th and Jefferson.

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Driving to the Alliance

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

  • Take Exit 73 to 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.)
  • Destination will be the large 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 first right onto SW 13th Ave.
  • Turn right onto SW Jefferson Street.
  • Turn left onto SW 20th Ave (at the light at the Goose Hollow Max station.)
  • Destination will be the large Victorian building on the right.

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 the large Victorian building on the right.

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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during the COVID pandemic.
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