The Finnish Hall served primarily as a community center. It was built with a kitchen and dining hall, a library, an auditorium with a stage, and a sewing room. It was a central part of the Finnish community for a number of years.
In 1934, during the West Coast General Strike, striking workers were welcomed into the Finnish Hall and given food. As a result, the building was vandalized and political differences led to the establishment of a competing Finnish community center on the same street. The building was sold in the 1970s but continues to function as a community center. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.