Once again it's Friday and the return of the television show Grimm. So I'm going to get back to showing a few places that turn up as part of the world of Grimm. Since it's the season three premier tonight I thought I would start off with a building that is probably one of the most filmed in Portland, Oregon. The US Customs House.
US Customs in Portland was originally located in what is now known as the Pioneer Courthouse. However more room was needed as Portland was growing as a port city so construction began in 1898 and finished in 1901 of the new US Customs House Building.
It's an imposing design based on English Renaissance architecture. Architect Edgar M. Lazarus, known for other works in Oregon like Vista House, oversaw the building. If you watch Grimm you might be familiar with these arches. Because this is used as the entrance of the Police Department. Remember when Adalind Schade reluctantly left the jail only to run into Captain Renard?
The building has been undergoing restoration and now is leasing offices. Which is why the blue lift was there. The interior of the police department used for Grimm is actually based on another building located in the St. Johns neighborhood. There may be a few shots in the Grimm pilot of the interior of the Customs House.
It's worth it to take a walk around the building. There are many interesting details.
Another angle of the arches. I took photos on two different days. First in March and then after Grimm filming wrapped in May. Because I wanted to see something.
Even though they were remodeling and actively looking for tenants, the doors still had the Portland Police stickers on them. So I was pretty sure Grimm would be renewed for a third season. Glad the doors were right.
The Portland US Customs House is located at 220 NW 8th Avenue, across from the North Park Blocks.