A visit to the Pittock Mansion (Gorgeous home, history and views of Portland from above)
One of my favorite visits to Portland was to actually take a self-tour of the Pittock Mansion with magnificent views overlooking the Portland skyline below. The mansion has an impressive background as the home built by Newspaper publisher, Henry Pittock, who created one the most important newspapers in the city called the Oregonian and built this magnificent home to showcase his wealth and prestige in the city. Pittock was also involved in a variety of business opportunities covering banking, real estate, railroads, paper mills and ranching and becoming one of the most influential families that helped to shape the city into an industrial and important commercial center in Oregon.
Mature travelers visiting Portland will love the history and beauty of this significant home located in the hills above Portland and explore the living museum and information shared about the home and the family that shaped the future of Portland and the social elite of the city.
A visit and tour to the Pittock Mansion in Portland
A little history on the Pittock Mansion
The Pittock mansion was built in 1914 and one of the most impressive architectural buildings in Portland with stunning panoramic views of the entire city and all the major landmarks of the city seen from above. An innovative home that housed many new technologies of its day with 23 rooms filled with the Pittock’s belongings along with some antique furnishing made in that time period collected to match the unfurnished rooms in the mansion.
The exterior is built in the popular French Renaissance style unlike the interior which is a mixture of many different classical styles with elaborate plastered ceilings, a wood oak paneled library, a French inspired drawing room and an Edwardian dining room. The entryway is dazzling with marble staircases with elaborate metal bronze grillwork and gas lit and electrical lights. Even in its expansive and elaborate rooms, the home is set up as a family home with different multigenerational family living in different parts of the mansion.
Take a Self-guided tour
The DIY tours are well laid out to the mansion with placards sharing information about the home and how the rooms were all used by the family to entertain, enjoy day to day and host important guests visiting the area. The rooms are all well laid out as you tour each area with good information available sharing how each of the rooms were used by the family members, staff and daily lifestyle in the area.
You get to see all the public rooms, the kitchen and prep stations to the private bedroom areas upstairs and eventually the lower-level public rooms and service areas.
A formal French inspired music room
An Edwardian styled dining room
An expansive kitchen with a walk-in fridge
Technological advantages at the Pittock Mansion
The home had technological advancements that were made for its timeframe to including a walk-in fridge, elevator, central heating, a dumbwaiter, two phone lines, indirect lighting, intercoms, and central vacuum cleaning. All these new technologies were the cutting edge for that time-frame and you can learn more about them when you visit the property.
Visiting the gardens and views of the Pittock Mansion
Once you exit the home the grounds are also a must see with spectacular views of the entire city skyline below. The flat terraced hillside is filled with gorgeous perennials, annuals and the showcase roses that Gorgiana Pittock showcased around the property. There was a tennis court, connections to local trails and a Renaissance Garden with stunning views of the entire city of Portland below.
Gorgeous terraced gardens to explore and gorgeous views of the Portland skyline
Gorgeous viewpoints to Portland area below
Pittock Mansion turned into a living museum
After the last grandson moved out and the home sat empty for six years, the City of Portland decided to save it and rebuilt it back to the original estate with 46 acres of land. The home has been on the National Register of Historic homes and receives between 60,000 to 70,000 visitors yearly.
The extensive renovations brought in some of the original craftsman and artist that helped to bring this magnificent home to it’s beautiful and original state for everyone one to visit and enjoy.
Here’s a short video tour of what you’ll expect to see around the Pittock Mansion
Details to visiting the Pittock Mansion
This mostly a self guided tour that takes about 60 minutes to visit the home, you can also visit the outdoor grounds and the gate house close to the mansion.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth
Check out their website here to book a reservation and other information to visiting this historic home.
There is a rotating show of artworks and other exhibits in the lower social room or pool hall you can visit before you exit the home.
How to get to the Pittock Mansion
Located in the Forest Park area, you can take public transportation but have to walk uphill to the home. It probably is easier to just catch an Uber downtown to take you to the entrance and book one for your return
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Conclusion on a visit to the Pittock Mansion
A visit to the historic architectural home at the Pittock Mansion is a fantastic self tour you can do around the home and outdoor gardens of this stunning property.