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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
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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.


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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