Historic and Elegant Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

Updated on June 5, 2020
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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 | Source

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. | Source

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

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Exterior view of the mansion
Exterior view of the mansion | Source
Exterior view of the mansion in the fall season
Exterior view of the mansion in the fall season | Source
Exterior view of the mansion
Exterior view of the mansion | Source
Exterior view of the mansion
Exterior view of the mansion | Source
Exterior view of the mansion and gift shop
Exterior view of the mansion and gift shop | Source
Detailing on the exterior of the mansion
Detailing on the exterior of the mansion | Source
Kitchen view
Kitchen view | Source
Shower
Shower | Source
Intercom
Intercom | Source

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.

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Elaborate staircase inside of the Pittock Mansion
Elaborate staircase inside of the Pittock Mansion | Source
Elaborate staircase
Elaborate staircase | Source
Elaborate staircase
Elaborate staircase | Source
Elaborate staircase
Elaborate staircase | Source
View of the staircase
View of the staircase | Source
Art in the mansion
Art in the mansion | Source
Elegant interior furnishings
Elegant interior furnishings | Source
Elegant interior furnishings
Elegant interior furnishings | Source
Elegant interior furnishings
Elegant interior furnishings | Source
Elegant interior furnishings
Elegant interior furnishings | Source
Detail on ceiling
Detail on ceiling | Source
Pittock Mansion interior
Pittock Mansion interior | Source
Elegant interior furnishings
Elegant interior furnishings | Source
Elegant rooms
Elegant rooms | Source
Dining room
Dining room | Source
Bedroom
Bedroom | Source
Library
Library | Source
Bedroom
Bedroom | Source

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.

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Gardens in the Pittock MansionPittock gardensGeorgiana Burton Pittock, founder of the Portland Rose Society, circa 1900
Gardens in the Pittock Mansion
Gardens in the Pittock Mansion | Source
Pittock gardens
Pittock gardens | Source
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Georgiana Burton Pittock, founder of the Portland Rose Society, circa 1900
Georgiana Burton Pittock, founder of the Portland Rose Society, circa 1900 | Source

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.

Have you ever toured this historic house museum?

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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

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Tolovaj 

      2 weeks ago

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liza,

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

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      Liza 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      4 weeks ago from Orange County, CA

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 weeks ago

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rosina,

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

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 weeks ago

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Heidi,

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

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      5 weeks ago

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      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.

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      manatita44 

      5 weeks ago from london

      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!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

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      Louise Powles 

      5 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

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

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      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. :(

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