On Tuesday morning, September 3, a portion of the decorative ceiling fell inside the Kridel Grand Ballroom located on the third floor of the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building. No one was inside or injured. No artworks were damaged.
Engineers examined the room and the rest of the Mark Building Tuesday afternoon and found no structural safety issues.
The ballroom will be closed to staff and to the public for the immediate future. Engineers and other experts will be on site over the next few days and weeks to determine the cause.
Located at the center of the city’s cultural district, the Grand Ballroom has hosted many of Portland’s great events from weddings to celebrations of life, graduations, proms and nonprofit fundraising events. It is home of the annual HeART of Portland event showcasing art created by Portland Public Schools students. Prior to the 2005 renovation of the former Masonic Temple, the ballroom hosted a memorable Grateful Dead concert in 1967.
“So many of us share fond memories of attending events with our friends and families in the Grand Ballroom,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “We are doing everything possible to return this treasured space to the community.”
The Portland Art Museum is working with organizations and groups who have upcoming events scheduled for the Grand Ballroom. Every effort is being made to accommodate the events in an alternative Museum space.