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Bob R.

I wonder if "decomposed granite" was the best choice of adjectives in this context.


I don't understand all the use of lawn in these schemes. This looks like it could be a dog park or a design for almost anything. I think it would be nice to look at the context and design a space with that in mind.

Sean Casey

Nice to see that Lone Fir is getting some attention. It's a great place. Why cemetaries aren't more popular to visit, never quite understood. They're quiet and peaceful.

I walk through the cemetary at 82nd & Holgate quite often(In fact be passing through there this afternoon on the way to the library). It could use some attention as well. Maybe some more trees around the perimeter, and a place to sit other than on the ground.

Seeing the pioneers of Portland laying next to recent immigrants is a real juxtapozition of old and new. It's alive in it's own way.

The options pictured for Lone Fir are nice, and looking forward to see how it all pans out.

joe downey

The story leading up to the three proposed designs is intriguing – the urban myth proves itself true and uncovers human remains. Amazing! Now, how is that translated architecturally?

Planters, seating, grass, kiosks and trellis structures? Really? That’s all we've got to pick from? I can visit that nearly anywhere! How can this place communicate the memory, myth, truth and secrets of this place?

Ice Man

While I think all three are safe solutions, I am not enamored with the options. Perhaps the simple pencil graphics and romantic forms don't scream "crazy dead people are here!"


Is there a reason why all of the options utilize so much lawn?

To me, the choices are all boring in the same way (large expanse of lawn, with "decorative" elements sprinkled around the perimeters). It would be nice to see at least one option that strives for something more. Or how about an option that approaches the memorial within the context of the whole site and not just one small area?

john w.

I drive by this site almost every day and glad to see that Metro is finally doing something with this property. A couple of comments. First, please try to screen that ugly condo on on the corner of 20th and Morrison. When you are in the space, the last thing you want to look at is that faux beaux arts villa ugly brick building. Secondly, I like the idea of a public community space at the corner and not opposed to the lawn. Considering that the area is essentially a mass grave, I'm not sure what other choices there are (excavation and all!). I like the large oval of open space and after thinking about it more, why not have it be a space to picnic on - many other places treat cemeteries a lot differently than we do - why not an active space in the center of the memorial.

Sean Casey

I think John W. makes some good points. Screening the condos is a great idea.

I think the "lawn" look is because they didn't illustrate the grave stones in the proposals.

The active space idea is a good one too. Getting people to visit more often has the dual benifit of stewardship as well as enjoyment.

Again, looking forward to seeing the results.


i also like the central path to break up the lawn, however i think more "closed" elements need to be placed on the southwest corner to hide that hideous building ~ maybe create another mound of cherry trees there or something. the short perpendicular path connecting to the back of the apartment building on the north side doesn't really make much sense to me. it seems it could be shifted to line up with the existing road in the cemetery. the seperate elements for the chinese workers and dr. hawthorne's patients is appropriate, but the words "stone mountain" make me nervous that the result may be slightly kitschy. also it would be nice to see it rendered further out from the design site so that we could see the connections to the cemetery more clearly.

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