Event Center

Historic Gentle House has been in use, by the public and Western, as an event center since 1983. The Gentle Family loved to entertain; their house was donated to the WOU Foundation by Catharine Gentle after she passed away so that it could continue to be a link between the community and university.

Contact us today to make a reservation!


Sitting next to Gentle Acres, Century Farm, and surrounding Gentle House, the gardens are home to century old plants as well as tress that predate the house itself.

Upkeep of the gardens is made possible by Polk County Master Gardeners and Friends of Gentle House Volunteers.

Community Work Day

Join the Gentle House Volunteers for our Community Work Day!

Saturday, October 24th 9:00AM - NOON

Lunch on us, following the work day.

Come prepared to work in the gardens, no tools or work experience necessary.

Bringing a group? Let us know: gentlehouse@wou.edu or 503-838-8673.