I’m not sure that Pittock Mansion is on a top 10 list of most important places to visit if you come to Portland, Oregon, but perhaps it should be. It sits 1,000 feet above sea level in the West Hills and provides spectacular, panoramic views. The downtown area and Willamette River are spread out below and the Cascade Mountains rise in the East.
The 16,000 square foot house is a French Renaissance-style château, originally built as a private home for the entrepreneur and The Oregonian publisher, Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. In 1964 it was purchased by the city of Portland and now is open to the public.
I found myself there a couple of days ago with the intention of only walking the grounds, but was inevitably lured inside. Perhaps going on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of February is a slow time for tourists, because I virtually had the place to myself. I quietly walked through the home and admired all 22 of the beautiful rooms, furnished with original china, furniture, rugs, toys, and even clothing.
I took lots of pictures and plan to create several posts showing you additional shots of the interior of the home. There’s plenty of information and photos online about Pittock Mansion and I encourage you to research it if you’re interested.
1975: what is the first happy memory that comes to mind, recent or otherwise? - this past saturday night my best pal jesse & i wanted to do something but we weren’t really sure what to do. we’re both in college in a new city and we’ve kind of explored as much as you can explore at 19. so we decided to try and get a car2go and go driving. i drove (which i haven’t done in like seven months) and we ended up at this place called pittock mansion. it closes at 9:00 but if you park at the bottom of the hill and walk up you can get to there. pittock mansion is up in the hills and you can see all of downtown portland. so we sat on this bench and watched the city twinkle and we listened to some soft music and just chatted. it’s nothing too different from normal but the city was below us and my best friend was holding my hand and i felt very soft, and present in that moment. it was a really nice night.
painting: what is the best halloween costume you have ever put together? if none, make one up. - once i bought this blonde wig that was supposed to be for a hippie but it made me look like your typical early 2000s lesbian so i dressed up as ellen degeneres for halloween and i wore that wig with like,, an argyle sweater vest or something lmao.
I went to the Pittock Mansion today! It was cold, and kind of creepy cause there was noooo one else there. Actually, it was super rad. Oh! And look at that city view! If it would have been a little clearer, Mt.
Hood would have made an appearance. God DAMN I love this city! So many
fucking wonderful places to explore!