Pittock Mansion Portland Guide. The Pittock Mansion is a popular destination for tourists who are visiting Portland, and locals who enjoy fine examples of Portland architecture and history. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It was completed in 1914, and was formerly owned by the Pittock Family; Henry and Georgiana Pittock, from 1914 to 1919. It is now owned by the City of Portland and operated by Portland Parks and Recreation.
Pittock mansion is a popular community landmark, with nearly 80,000 visitors annually. At one point in 1962, after extensive storm damage, the beautiful house was at risk of being demolished. The community wanted to preserve the home, however, and raised the funds to preserve the site. The City of Portland purchased the home and it was opened to the public in 1965 following many months of restoration. You can learn more about the rich history of the Pittock mansion on the official website.
History of Pittock Mansion (Source: Wikipedia.com) "The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon originally built as a private home for The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. It is a 22 room estate built of Tenino Sandstone situated on 46 acres (190,000 m2) that is now owned by the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation and open for touring. In addition, the grounds provide panoramic views of Downtown Portland.
Georgiana, one of the founders of the Portland Rose Festival, died in 1918 at the age of 72, and Henry in 1919 at 84. The Pittock family remained in residence at the mansion until 1958, when Peter Gantenbein, a Pittock grandson who had been born in the house, put the estate on the market and was unsuccessful in selling it. Extensive damage caused by the Columbus Day Storm in 1962 caused the owners to consider demolishing the building. The community raised $75,000 in three months in order to help the city purchase the property. Seeing this popular support, and agreeing that the house had tremendous value as a unique historic resource, the City of Portland purchased the estate in 1964 for $225,000."
The home features vintage and antique furnishings and collections from the era, with rich and beautiful design elements in many different styles. The mansion is also home to exhibits throughout the year, from art glass to photography. Most of the items in the Pittock Mansion collection have been donated, although several original family items remain.
Pittock Mansion is situated on 46 acres of land 1,000 feet above sea level and commands a view of five mountains in the Cascade Range. Enjoy the fragrant gardens, miles of hidden hiking trails, sweeping city views and feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. The Mansion is located within Pittock Acres Park, and is part of the Portland Parks and Recreation system. The grounds are open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (PittockMansion.com)
Map and Directions for Pittock Mansion Portland
The Pittock Mansion is located two miles west of downtown, off West Burnside, at 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive. For direction, please visit Google Maps.
Please note: If you plan to use Tri-Met, there is a half mile, uphill hike from the bus stop on W. Burnside to the entrance of the Mansion.
There may be a free shuttle available during peak seasons, visit the Directions and FAQ Page for additional information.
Pittock Mansion is a wonderful place to visit in Portland if you enjoy history, architecture, scenic views, bird watching, and reflecting back on the early days as Portland was growing and changing from a logging town (Stumptown) into a real city. We hope you enjoy your visit, and if you have stories or photos to share, please contact us.
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