Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial mausoleum is as beautiful as it is immense. With 8 stories and over 7 miles of hallways, it is one of the largest mausoleums of its kind in the country. Free tours of the incredible structure are offered every Wednesday at 3pm. Please call to confirm.
From the website:
“Wilhelm's Portland Memorial began as the Portland Cremation Association – the Northwest’s first cremation association. The cornerstone was placed February 5, 1901 in the still-existing historic chapel structure. Today, Wilhelm’s offers 8 stories and over 5 miles of corridors of carefully preserved architecture and elegance. It is one of the few, if not only, mausoleums of its size in the country. The mausoleum has many pieces of stained-glass art that were designed, constructed, and installed by the famed Povey brothers and Gerlich & Louis C. Tiffany. The mausoleum also has a variety of marble statuary hand carved from Carrara marble at the Taverelli Studios in Italy and most of the marble fronts on the crypts and niches come from Italy as well. Our most famous statuary is one of three exact re-creations of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta’. It weighs close to 7,000 lbs. and was carved by the Taverelli Studios in 1969 from marble from the same Italian quarry where Michelangelo carved the Pieta’ in 1499.”