Originally built by the owner of the Oregonian, Henry Pittock, the Pittock Mansion is a Portland gem in the northwest hills. Now owned by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the home, finished in 1914, is open as a museum and estate, and is filled with rich history for all to enjoy.
Henry Pittock first arrived in Portland in a wagon train in 1850, when Portland was still a village.
He began work as a typesetter at the Oregonian, and eventually worked his way up. When then-owner TJ Dryer went to work on Abraham Lincoln's election campaign, Pittock was owed so much in back wages that his former boss gave him the paper, effectively promoting him to owner and publisher.
By the end of his life, he had built an empire, encompassing real estate, ranching, railroads, mining and more. The grand house he built is testament to his success in multiple industries.
Pittock's wife, Georgiana, was an avid fundraiser for a number of organizations, and covered the grounds of their home with lush gardens. She is also thought to originate the annual Rose Festival tradition.
The Pittock's were avid outdoor enthusiasts and appointed their home with beauty both indoors and out.
The Pittock's moved into the mansion in 1914 when construction was complete. Unfortunately, they would not live there long. Georgiana died in 1918 and Henry in 1919.
Family members continued to live in the mansion until 1958. The large property had become to difficult to maintain, and they decided to put the house on the market.
After a devastating storm in 1962, the house suffered much damage, leaving it exposed to the elements for over a year.
Developers were interested in buying the mansion to create a subdivision, but Portlanders banned together to preserve the mansion.
In 1964, the house was sold to the city of Portland for $225,000. Of this amount, $67,500 was raised by residents that wished to preserve the mansion.
In 1965, the restored house was opened to the public and has been open ever since.
Touring the house is like walking back into time, as it is wonderfully restored to its former glory.
The Portland landmark is open for tours year round.
The Pittocks sure picked a great spot! To this day, the view from the Pittock Mansion is one of the best in the city and the perfect place to get a picture of Mt Hood looming over the city.
This house in Portland is incredibly unique and we can’t get enough of it. Have you seen this place up close?