Pittock Mansion, a Portland treasure

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.


Autumn Flame by Cole Chase Photography
Via Flickr:
A Japanese maple on the grounds of Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

mirror image of the ceiling inside a small room within the pittock mansion in portland….. looks fake…. and also very feminine 


Portland hike pt 2: stone house and Balch creek. We parked at the arboretum (well, one of the free spots very close to the arboretum). From there, we hiked up to the Pittock mansion. We could see a ton of volcanoes. Then we hiked down to the old stone house (also known as the witch’s hut). I was sad to see a lot of fresh graffiti, but I guess that’s just life with the human herd… Altogether it was about 6 miles. Mostly switchbacks.