Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online through March 2021. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at 

  • How to Take an Online Class

    How to Take an Online Class

    A short guide and tips for using Google Classroom and Zoom for your online class. And Zoom for events!

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  • Apéro-Conversation Group Meets Weekly Wednesday at 5:15pm

    Apéro-Conversation Group Meets Weekly Wednesday at 5:15pm

    The Alliance Française holds its Wednesday night drop-in Apéro-Conversation group at 5:15pm. This ongoing online group is open to all levels.

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  • New Drop-in Workshop for Children Ages 5 through 9

    New Drop-in Workshop for Children Ages 5 through 9

    Story Time with a Twist - Children's Special

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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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NEW: DROP-IN WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN Story Time with a Twist - Children's Special Ages 5 through 9 - Wednesdays 2:30-3:15pm - October 28 - November 18 Story time takes on a twist as...
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This fall, we are treating our students with some Special Edition workshops. This four-week session runs October 26 - November 19. Workshops are available as singles or as a bundle...
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Calling all epicureans, Francophones, and epicurean Francophones. Travel across the regions of France by way of their unique and traditional food and wine. Experience a different region each week through...
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Join us on Saturday, October 31, at 11 a.m. for a “live” discussion in French on Zoom with Max Élisée, a French actor, screenwriter, and novelist. Max, who lives in...
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Join us on November 5th at 5pm and paint with Clara-Julia in this new watercolor workshop! In this beginning watercolor workshop, students will learn the basics of mixing paint and...
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Charles Coulon, a recognized expert on the Paris Métro system, treated many of us to a virtual ride on that famed system earlier this year. He returns on Thursday, November...
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During WWII, residents of a cluster of villages in southeastern France gave safe harbor to hundreds of strangers – mostly Jewish children, some of whose parents had been deported. These...
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The Alliance Française of Portland partners with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises USA to offer a Zoom discussion with Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the newly released Final Transgression.Two sisters,...
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En 1947, Simone de Beauvoir se rend aux Etats-Unis pour une tournée de conférences dans des Universités et des Alliances Françaises. Elle raconte ce voyage, et ce qu’il a suscité...
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Cara Black, the bestselling author of 19 books, has been a favorite presenter at our Alliance Française. On Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. she’ll come to us via Zoom...
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The Alliance Française de Portland cordially invites you to a trio of Merry & Bright holiday activities! First off is an online auction running December 1 - 5 where you'll...

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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 A at 1450 Southwest 18th Avenue for Alliance students and visitors. Look for the Alliance sign and 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.

Click here for directions

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 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 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.

Office Hours

The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
Contact us at
Call 503.223.8388 from 12-3pm,
Monday through Friday, or leave
a message anytime.

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