A little bit of backstory about these photographs. I first learned of Portland's Sellwood Mausoleum five years ago. I was researching locations for urban exploration in the Portland area, and this place turned up in my search. At the time, the mausoleum was only open to the public on Memorial Day due to problems with vandalism. Imagine my disappointment learning this information a week after Memorial Day had passed. I anxiously waited for an entire year to see the Mausoleum. The day finally arrived and it was far more surreal than I expected or hoped for. I explored for hours. At every turn I was surprised by a hallway or room that I didn't expect to be there or something unique and captivating. This couch always reminds me of the wonder I experienced the first time I visited.
Unfortunately, the building has suffered from vandalism and water damage. Some windows are repeatedly vandalized with graffiti while others have been broken, harming the beautiful stained glass images. In some images you can see extensive water damage and standing water. When I returned this year, the water damage was much worse than previous years. I hope the damage can be repaired and prevented so that others can experience this place as well.