What a Concept!

This week, we visited the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon to view the Will Martin archives.

Will Martin was the architect who designed the unique Organ Grinder building. Will is most famous for designing Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland.

Among other items, we found this concept drawing of the Organ Grinder exterior, rendered on transparency film. It’s very close to the final form. Note Will’s whimsical way of populating the photo, beyond the typical human and automobile figures found in most architectural presentations. Of particular interest is the satellite or UFO in the sky above the building! Perhaps these were the aliens that gave Will his inspiration.

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