Project Description

Wedding guests enjoying dinner in the Spinning Room at the Willamette Heritage Center

Looking for a venue space?

The Willamette Heritage Center (WHC) is conveniently located in downtown Salem, just three blocks from the Oregon State Capitol at 12th and Mill Street. The WHC offers an attractive location for any meeting or event.

WHC is home to a charming, five-acre, park-like site, with 14 historic buildings and homes, including the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. All of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. This one-of-a-kind site is picturesque and peaceful with a millrace stream dividing the lush landscape.

WHC offers multiple meeting spaces, which can accommodate intimate parties of 50 or less, or larger groups up to 350, including free parking with 200 spaces available on-site.

Advantages to Renting

Your rental fees support the Willamette Heritage Center’s mission to connect generations by preserving and interpreting Mid-Willamette Valley history.

  • Free on-site parking (200 spaces)
  • Wheelchair accessible (except the Pleasant Grove Church)
  • Friendly customer service and planning assistance
  • Conveniently located close to hotels, Willamette University and State Agencies
  • Flexible catering options
  • Free initial WHC table and chair setup and break down based on individualized needs
  • Free wireless internet
  • A/V equipment and sound system available at no additional fee
  • A unique and rich heritage site, complete with ducks

We look forward to sharing all the advantages of holding your next meeting or event at the Willamette Heritage Center and making it a success! To learn more about our venue spaces, book a site tour, or make a reservation, please contact Katrina at katrinag@willametteheritage.org or call 503-585-7012.

Check out our 2020 WHC Venue Booklet to learn more about our venue spaces!

Review our 2020 WHC Event Reservation Packet to learn more about our Facility Guidelines, Advantages to Renting, Preferred Vendor List, and Loading Instructions!

Photo by Kyle Ferguson

The Spinning Room

  • Capacity: 350 banquet, 350 theatre, or 250 classroom
  • 6,384 square feet
  • On the third floor of the historic Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1896) with a wonderful view of the grounds and millrace
  • Air-conditioned
  • Tremendous flexibility in choices of layout and room usage (access to Card Room included)
  • Easy elevator access
  • Large furnished kitchen
  • Decorative lighting
  • Tremendous flexibility in choices of layout and room usage (access to Card Room included)
  • Easy elevator access
  • Large furnished kitchen
  • Decorative lighting

Standard Rates:

  • Sunday through Thursday – $200.00 per hour needed or $2,200.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • Friday – $225.00 per hour needed or $2,400.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • Saturday – $250.00 per hour needed or $2,700.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • An additional $700.00 Security Deposit is required. The Security Deposit is 90% refundable providing the venue is left in proper condition and all guidelines have been met.
  • Ask us about packages and discounts!

Available WHC Equipment & Furniture:

  • 2 Portable Bars
  • Sound System & Spot Lights
  • Wireless/Handheld Microphones & Microphone Stands
  • Portable Stage & Carpeted Risers
  • 2 AV Screens & 2 Mounted Projectors\
  • Ladders 6-10’
  • 40 5ft Round Tables, 40 6ft Rectangular Tables, & 300 White Folding Chairs

The Dye House

  • Capacity: 100 banquet, 120 theatre or 50 classroom
  • 2,200 square feet
  • At ground level, built over mill race (The water rushing under the building is quite a sight to see!)
  • Beautiful wood floors and beams
  • Air-conditioned
  • Decorative lighting
  • Sliding door – excellent for loading and for summer events
  • Furnished kitchen

Standard Rates:

  • Sunday through Thursday – $120.00 per hour needed or $1250.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • Friday – $140.00 per hour needed or $1,500.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • Saturday – $160.00 per hour needed or $1,800.00 for the day (maximum of 14hrs)
  • An additional $250.00 Security Deposit is required. The Security Deposit is 90% refundable providing the venue is left in proper condition and all guidelines have been met.
  • Ask us about packages and discounts!

Available WHC Equipment & Furniture:

  • Portable Bar
  • Sound System
  • Wireless/Handheld Microphones & Microphone Stands
  • 1 AV Screen & 1 Mounted Projector
  • Ladders 6-10’ & Dry Erase Board
  • 13 5ft Round Tables, 13 6ft Rectangular Tables, 120 White Folding Chairs

The Pleasant Grove Church

  • Capacity: 85 preset for ceremony, theatre or classroom
  • $200.00 for up to 3hrs
  • An additional $150.00 Security Deposit is required. The Security Deposit is 90% refundable providing the space is left in proper condition and all guidelines have been met.
  • Perfect for weddings, lectures, and presentations
  • Oldest remaining Presbyterian Church in the state of Oregon (1858)
  • Sits on a hill overlooking WHC grounds

    Available WHC Equipment:

    • Extension Cords
    • Power Strips
    • Portable Sound System

    The WHC Grounds

    • Capacity: 250
    • $115.00 per hour
    • An additional $150.00 Security Deposit is required. The Security Deposit is 90% refundable providing the space is left in proper condition and all guidelines have been met.
    • Outdoor location surrounded by trees and foliage with a choice of backgrounds: The Jason Lee House, (1841) said to be one of the oldest standing frame houses in the Northwest, the millrace, or the Pleasant Grove Church (1858)

      WHC Available Equipment & Furniture:

      • Extension Cords
      • Power Strip
      • Portable Sound System
      • 250 white stackable chairs, 13 5ft round tables, and up to 13 6ft rectangular tables

      The Card Room

      • Capacity: 40 banquet, 40 theatre, 30 classroom, 20 conference
      • 888 square feet
      • $60/hour
      • An additional $150.00 Security Deposit is required. The Security Deposit is 90% refundable providing the space is left in proper condition and all guidelines have been met.
      • Adjacent to and can open into the Spinning Room
      • Elevator access
      • Kitchen access

        WHC Available Equipment & Furniture:

        • 5’x5’ Screen
        • Dry Erase Board
        • TV w/ Cart
        • Table Top Podium
        • Rectangular Tables, Round Tables, 50 Chairs