For Memorial Day I arranged to meet up with some of the Portland Urban Sketchers to visit Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home during their annual “open house.” I wasn’t sure what to expect.
We started off at Staccato Gelato in Sellwood, and I sketched the view down Bybee…
Alanna, Pascale, and I continued on to Wilhelm’s. There was a sizable crowd already, mostly waiting to visit the Rae Room. The funeral home itself turned out to be a remarkable labyrinth of several buildings and outdoor areas all connected below with weaving, meandering corridors. There is a large fountain inside, alcoves with lovely stained glass, an outdoor pond with a stone bridge, the largest outdoor hand-painted mural in the nation, a great view of Oaks Bottom and Oaks Park, and corridor upon corridor of memorial boxes and urns.
I’m already thinking it would be great to go back again next year since we barely scratched the surface of what this funeral home has to offer. Alanna captured the stone bridge, Pascale took the building tour – next time, I’d like to do both of those things and also catch the Portland panorama from outside!