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Historic and Elegant Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

Our two-week Oregon vacation was fantastic, making us wish to someday see more of this most scenic of states in the beautiful northwest.

Exterior view of the Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

Exterior view of the Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

A Must-See Historic Site in Portland

The City of Portland owns and, along with the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, operates the historic Pittock mansion. The elegant mansion sits approximately 1,000 feet above sea level high upon a hill overlooking Portland, the surrounding Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and the mountains beyond, which include the Cascades and impressive snow-capped Mount Hood.

It was a wonderful stop on a tour of the city many years ago when my mother, niece, and I spent two entire weeks exploring the State of Oregon.

This mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Skyline of Portland, Oregon, from the mansion viewpoint at dusk.

Skyline of Portland, Oregon, from the mansion viewpoint at dusk.

State-of-the-Art Mansion

This multi-room estate was built by the owner and publisher of Portland’s daily newspaper called the Oregonian by Henry L. Pittock and his wife Georgiana back in 1914. It was constructed with lavish materials including exquisite hardwoods, polished marbles, superb bronze works, and has beautiful architectural plasterwork throughout the home.

The architect was Edward T. Foulkes.

The home had many accouterments uncommon for its day. Included among them were the following:

  • Electricity and Recessed Lighting
  • Central Heating
  • Central Built-in Vacuums
  • Intercom System
  • Home Elevator
  • Multiple Phone Lines
  • State of the Art Plumbing

Staircase and Furnishings

A central marble staircase is a show stopper! It takes up a substantial amount of space in the mansion.

As one might expect, the furnishings are also noteworthy and consist of fine antiques of French and English origin, including some of the American sources from many centuries.

The Grounds

This landmark structure sits on 46 acres of land and is a birdwatchers paradise. Georgiana Pittock, among her many other life accomplishments, originated the Portland Rose Festival. She was a well-known philanthropist. Her love of gardening is evident on these well kept and manicured grounds.

Touring the Mansion

It is worthy of a tour if you are ever in the Portland area. People can even rent the mansion and grounds for special events. For more information about Henry and Georgiana Pittock, the Pittock mansion, prices for tours, etc., click on the source links below.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2020:

Hi Patty,

Portland is a beautiful city. Even if you do not think that you will go there, you can appreciate it by seeing things about it online. I believe that many of us are doing more virtual traveling these days.

Patty on August 18, 2020:

Doubt that I will ever travel to Portland. What a shame because this looks like a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

The year that my mother, niece, and I vacationed in Oregon, we flew from Houston to Portland, so we started out seeing that city first. If you ever travel to Oregon, be sure to put the national park of Crater Lake on your list. There is much natural beauty in the entire state.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 08, 2020:

I've been to all but a dozen of our states, and Oregon is one I've never been to. If I get the opportunity to go there this mansion will surly be on my to-do list, thanks to this informative article. Posting this on AH & FB. Stay well!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I am pleased if reading this article enlightened you about Portland, Oregon. It is a beautiful city, and the Pittock mansion sits up on a hill overlooking it.

Devika Primic on August 07, 2020:

A beautiful place and I enjoyed the tour. I like the photos of Portland. Your detailed hub enlightened me on this unique city.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2020:

Hello Tolovaj,

Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about the Pittock Mansion. It sits high above the beautiful city of Portland in Oregon.

Tolovaj on June 25, 2020:

I am always surprised how many hidden treasures can be found if you dig a bit. Outside of USA we barely know about Portland and Oregon, not to mention the Pittock Mansion. I'll definitely try to find out more about family Pittock. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed learning about the Pittock Mansion. It was a treat to get to see it in person.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2020:

Another wonderful virtual tour, with amazing and elegant pictures. Loved every detail about this wonderful place.

Thank you so much for showing us another beautiful place, through your well presented article. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2020:

Hi Liza,

Hopefully, you will get to travel with your husband the next time he goes to Portland. It is a beautiful city!

Liza from USA on June 15, 2020:

I heard from my husband that Portland is one of the beautiful cities to visit in the US. I hope I get to visit sometimes next year with him. I always love visiting historic buildings. From the photos that you've shared, I want to go there. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing, Peggy. I have to add this to my journal.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2020:

Hi Denise,

The mansion is magnificent, but so are the views. It would be lovely to be able to enjoy a view like that at all times of the day and night.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 13, 2020:

Oh, wow. They don't do ceilings like they used to, do they? It looks like a must-see place. I believe I would love most the view from outside.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2020:

Hi Aurelio,

Henry Pittock was born in England. I agree that the styling of this mansion appears as though several types of architectural styling might have been combined in the construction of this mansion. He certainly added all kinds of state-of-the-art items not typical for its day and time.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 10, 2020:

Beautiful. Do you know if it's constructed in a particular style? Victorian was popular then but it looks European.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

You are correct when you wrote that this mansion is "magnificent." The views are also that!

Rajan Singh Jolly on June 07, 2020:

The Pittock mansion interiors and surroundings are magnificent. I'd certainly love to visit this beautiful; place. Thanks for sharing some lovely photographs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad that you enjoyed this virtual look at the Pittock Mansion.

Rosina S Khan on June 04, 2020:

It was nice taking a virtual tour of the Pittock Mansion Museum. The photos were simply great. Truly appreciated, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I agree with what you wrote about the staircase, and also the statue. It does look like he is addressing a splinter in his foot. Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2020:

Hi Linda,

The next time you drive through Oregon and are in Portland, I would suggest taking a city tour that includes the Pittock Mansion. There are other things you will learn about Portland that make the city tour worthwhile. Stay safe and well!

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 03, 2020:

This is stunning, especially that staircase. I can image a bride or debutantes descending. That statue was kinda funny. It looked like he had a splinter in his foot.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

Perhaps next time you are in Portland, you will have more time for sightseeing. Hope you have a great week also!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2020:

I think I would enjoy exploring this mansion very much. Both the exterior and the interior look very interesting. I've driven through Oregon a couple of times. The next time I make the journey, I'll look for the Pittock mansion.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 01, 2020:

When I went to Portland several years ago, I didn't have time to do sightseeing. But this would be a great place to put on the to-visit list for the next time. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Robert,

That marble staircase is a showstopper! It fits the elegance of the rest of the mansion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

They certainly had all kinds of state of the art conveniences built into their home for that day and time. I am glad you enjoyed the video tour of the mansion.

Robert Sacchi on June 01, 2020:

Another interesting place you've visited. That marble staircase has to be magnificent.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Liz,

The mansion is spectacular, and the panoramic views match it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

That staircase is a beautiful central feature in this mansion. So glad you enjoyed this virtual look at the Pittock Mansion.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 01, 2020:

I took the tour and enjoyed it. I can't imagine them having so many modern entities back in the day. If I ever got to Portland I would certainly visit the mansion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

Yes, you have your royal abodes in the UK. This mansion in Portland was amazing for its day and time. It is still a beauty!

Liz Westwood from UK on June 01, 2020:

This looks amazing. I find houses like this very interesting to go round. The views look good too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Under ordinary times I know that you would enjoy visiting the beautiful city of Portland. Hopefully, times will improve in the future so that travel is once again safe. Take care!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

We had taken a city tour while on vacation, and the Pittock Mansion was a part of that tour. Sorry you did not get to see it in person while you were in Portland.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2020:

Hi Louise,

This mansion is a beautiful landmark structure overlooking the city of Portland. I am pleased to be able to show it to you from afar.

Lorna Lamon on May 31, 2020:

There is such an old world charm to this beautiful Mansion Peggy. The interior as well as the grounds are wonderful. Loved the staircase - very "Gone with the Wind". I noticed the bookcases in the drawing room, and I wondered if they had a library. Another lovely article.

manatita44 from london on May 31, 2020:

What elegant and stely houses/mansions! We have a few in the UK, of course. More princely? Ha ha.

The interior decor and surrounding lushness are awesome! All well kept gardens to me reflect Light and this one is no exception. Happy Pentecost!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 31, 2020:

I love these historic homes and this one has great views to boot. When we travel we try to visit homes like this and they are always an education and enjoyable. We have never been to Portland but I do have a brother in Bellevue, WA so next time we visit maybe we’ll try and visit Portland.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Portland is a beautiful city, and this Pittock Mansion is a stunner! What is happening all across our country right now is appalling. I hope it leads to better days ahead for everyone.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 31, 2020:

My job sent me to Portland one time many years ago. I really liked but did not do as much sightseeing as I would have liked. I wish I had seen this gorgeous mansion.

Your pictures ar beautiful, as usual. I like the architecture and all of the furnishings in the rooms. It is really a beautiful place, Peggy.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 31, 2020:

I've never visited here, but I would love to. It looks lovely.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2020:

Getting close to my stomping grounds now. I've been to this mansion. It is spectacular for sure, as is the view. Pretty country around there, for sure, and I've always loved downtown Portland. It's a great city to walk around when they aren't rioting. :(