Welcome to The SMILE Station!

The SMILE Station is a Portland venue rental ideal for a wide variety of private events. Built in 1926, it was originally a firehouse and later remodeled to serve the community’s needs. SMILE Station serves as the SMILE (Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League) headquarters and hosts many community meetings and private events.

The SMILE Station is an affordable, beautiful  and convenient Portland venue rental that offers a clean, modern, and bright interior with landscaped grounds, a baby grand piano, fireplace, commercial kitchen, round table seating for 60 with capacity for 85 and is handicapped accessible.

History: Originally a firehouse, Old Engine 20, it was built in 1926. The Toy and Joy Maker program got its start in this building. In 1959, it began its second career as a clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club. Finally when that group vacated, it was purchased from the city and renovated for its present use.

What kind of events are perfect for SMILE Station?

  • Wedding receptions
  • Memorial receptions
  • Birthday parties
  • Reunions
  • Corporate parties
  • Holiday parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Performances/recitals
  • Photo shoots
  • Baby/bridal showers
  • Pop-Up shops/restaurants
  • Awards ceremonies
  • Art show/exhibitions
  • Arts & Crafts classes
  • Workshops
  • Church services
  • Employee meetings/trainings
  • Music rehearsals
  • Scout meetings
  • Community meetings
  • Bingo/Trivia gatherings
  • Kitchen rental
  • Learning pods
  • Cooking classes

The Hainley-Leipzig Room

In addition to the main floor of the SMILE Station, we have a smaller space available for small group meetings with 14 or fewer persons, or as a bonus room/bridal lounge for wedding receptions. Check out the Hainley-Leipzig Room! 

The best thing about renting the SMILE Station for your event is that your rental fees go right back into the Sellwood-Moreland community in the form of free or discounted programs, events, and rentals for local scout groups, AA and NA meetings, blood drives, committee meetings and more. Check out our event calendar here!

In January 2023, The SMILE Station began a remodeling project to raise the ceiling of building to create a more open and beautiful feel inside the space. This project was expected to last for just 3-4 weeks. However, during the January 2024 ice storm, a pipe burst which complicated those plans by causing extensive damage to our newly remodeled basement and the floors on the main level. 

Follow our progress beginning with our basement remodel which began back in 2022 by visiting 

Our Remodeling Journey Page!

MAIN FLOOR Interior Details

  • new flooring throughout installed in March, 2024
  • two restrooms
  • fully air-conditioned & heated
  • commercial kitchen
  • round table seating for 72 with capacity for 90
  • handicapped accessible

Special details

  • wifi accessible
  • baby grand piano
  • fireplace
  • large video presentation system
  • chairs and tables included in rental
  • linens available

Community Details

  • a short 10 minute walk from Oaks Pioneer Church Chapel
  • located in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood
  • a community owned and operated facility
  • affordable
  • less than 10 minutes from downtown Portland

Interior photo Gallery

SMILE Station Location

We are located in Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood of Portland Oregon. Our community has awesome small-business owned restaurants & shops, beautiful parks, and above all, wonderful people! 

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