Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

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The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in 2015

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in North Portland, Oregon, United States.

The IFCC was founded in 1982 by Portland's first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan. The IFCC is located in a 1910-built former fire station at 5340 North Interstate Avenue and now contains a 99-seat theater, an art gallery, and space for rehearsal or classes.

The center's mission statement states that the IFCC, "is committed to creating an environment in which people of every ethnic/cultural background come together as artists and audience to explore, preserve and celebrate their diversity."

The building has been designated a Portland Historic Landmark by the city's Historic Landmarks Commission, under the name Interstate Firehouse #24.[1] It is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation, a City of Portland Bureau, and was managed by IFCC, Inc. until May 2010, when that non-profit ceased operations. In August 2010, management authority was given to Ethos Music Center by a unanimous vote of the Portland city council.

The opera Queen of Knives, had its world premiere at the center on May 7, 2010.[2]

On December 31, 2014, Ethos returned management of the building to the City of Portland.[3]


  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved May 8, 2016 .
  2. ^ McQuillen, James, Opera review: "Portland's Vagabond Opera's 'Queen of Knives' is one sharp show", The Oregonian, May 11, 2010.
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