The largest Hand Painted Mural in the United States is right here in Oregon!

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This is part of my find over the last couple days of, “Really, I didn’t know that’ series and we found this one while visiting the Portland Memorial Mausoleum where my sister was laid to rest. While there, we found that over a two year period, on the back of the building, this hand painted mural was painted on the Westside of the building as is the largest hand painted mural in the United States.

Largest Hand Painted Mural in the United States (Sellwood District of Portland, Oregon)

Something else that was really cool to find out why were there was that the last horse drawn funeral precession was in 1913, since that date they have been using cars. (Really, I didn’t know that, I would have thought it would have been in the 1920s before that service completely stopped.)

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Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Excellent Todd, and thanks so much for sharing, this is the kind of stuff I love....

Jan 24, 2011 05:12 AM #1
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
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Todd ~ I had to adjust my eyes, I thought I was looking at a reflection in the water.  That is a really cool hand painted building.  Do you know when it was painted?  Awesome shot!

Jan 24, 2011 05:23 AM #2
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

A horse drawn hearse?  Suddenly out-paced by cars?

There has always been an uneasy status element involved in funerals.  It is easy to believe funeral directors might have been among the first to put cars into use.

Followed closely by wedding planners (though at the time period you mention only the very, very wealthy would have used one).


Jan 24, 2011 05:37 AM #4
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

That is quite a large mural. Did you find out how long it took the painter to make?

Jan 24, 2011 06:33 AM #5
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

It took about 2 years and it was done in 2008-2009. Sadly one of they people is longer with us and it has been dedicated to him.

Jan 24, 2011 06:58 AM #6
Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon

That is a HUGE mural Todd!  Thanks for the bit of Oregon history.

Jan 24, 2011 07:12 AM #7
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Awesome... You have to look for a moment to actually get that some of it is the mural and not the foliage in front. I have to stop by and see this next time I'm down your way. Fab photo!

Jan 24, 2011 02:27 PM #8
Mark Organek
And the United States of America - Mesa, AZ
On a journey to accomplish one huge goal.

Wow!  That is so huge!  I hope it retains its clarity over the future years.  Thank you for sharing!

Jan 24, 2011 02:48 PM #9
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

wow... what I wouldn't give to be able to paint like that!! It is beautiful! I'm not surprised it took so long to paint!!

Jan 24, 2011 03:53 PM #10
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

That mural is extraordinary, Todd! Do you know the name of the artist?

Jan 24, 2011 06:08 PM #11
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Maria, I actually don't, but I will get it for you in the next couple weeks.

Jan 25, 2011 06:14 AM #12
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Todd... what a wonderful mural.  It makes the building blend in nicely with the surrounding nature!

Jan 25, 2011 02:04 PM #13
Joye Hollis Ridgeway
AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC - Charleston, SC
- Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial

Wow, that's a mural, there.  I've been photoing/blogging murals around the Charleston area, but nothing that large.  I imagine that took some funding to create.  Murals do enhance the beauty of a city.

Jan 25, 2011 03:08 PM #14
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