The Pittock Mansion, designed by Edward Foulkes and completed in 1914, is located in the West Hills of Southwest Portland, Oregon near the Oregon Zoo, the Wildwood Trail and the Children’s Museum. It’s within minutes from Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Orenco Station, the Pearl District, and virtually everywhere else in the city. The Mansion, a French Renaissance style chateau, was built originally as the private home for Henry Pittock, publisher of The Oregonian, and his wife, Georgiana. Now owned by Portland’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation and available for weddings, museum tours and as a general tourist attraction, the Mansion contains twenty-two rooms and is built of Tenino Sandstone on a forty-six acre plot offering mind boggling views of Downtown Portland and Mount Hood. It is also a prime location for bird watching. The museum exhibits change periodically, and tell of some historical event or era, generally with a local bent.
I’ve been known to come up here with my family and my dog and have a picnic while taking in a view that must be seen firsthand to be fully understood and appreciated.
Georgiana Pittock, who was famous for her green thumb, was one of the founders of the Rose Festival. She passed away in 1918, with Henry passing away the following year. The Mansion remained a residence for the Pittock family until 1958 and it was purchased by the city of Portland, Oregon in 1964. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
As you tour through the Mansion Museum and saunter through the grounds, you may recognize it from such films as First Love, The Haunting of Sarah Hardy, Body of Evidence and from the thirteenth season finale of the Amazing Race. One look at this incredible piece of architecture and it’s not hard to see why. A classic design with light colored exterior walls and large windows on a hill, it’s the ideal location for films and television programs of all types. The interior of the Mansion is purely amazing with its grand, sweeping staircase, luxurious décor, and a library, music room, and social room. As film and entertainment become more a focus in Portland, Oregon, there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing more of Pittock mansion in the future.
The original residents of the Mansion obviously had a huge impact on the city of Portland, and you can be a part of this history by being one of the 80,000 folks who visit the Mansion annually.
For an inexpensive, entertaining and scenic history lesson, the Pittock Mansion in Southwest Portland is a top notch option.