Designed by local Portland architect, W.W. Lucius, the building is distinguished by the formal facade with stained leaded glass fanlights atop the three doorways of the front entrance and an elegant terrazzo stairway leading to the grand ballroom.
While the iconic building itself is not listed on the historic registry, it has played a key role in the makeup of the core of the East Side historic district. Buildings in the district range from large Victorian masonry structures of the 1880’s to highly stylized 1930’s era buildings.
Prior to its most recent purchase in late 2017, the building offered only two ballrooms for events. Since 2018, the building has been fully renovated, including the addition of an elevator, four new meeting rooms, and the expansion of the lower level to include a bar lounge area and additional square footage.
The Melody Ballroom has a storied history as a music venue before becoming host to weddings, Quinceaneras, high school proms, school auctions, nonprofit fundraisers, and a multitude of special events. The current owner, Alan Peters, brings his experience operating the Portland Conference Center and the Ambridge Event Center.