Mansion is an understatement. This place is more like a castle. Well, actually, it was built along the lines of a French Renaissance—style chateau. In the 1850s, owners Henry and Georgiana Pittock each traveled west along the Oregon Trail before meeting and marrying in Portland. Henry took over the Daily Oregonian newspaper, then just a weekly, and made a fortune in real estate, banking, transportation, and numerous other endeavors.
The couple raised a family of six children and was very involved in civic and philanthropic works. Construction of their 22-room sandstone estate---just northwest of what is today Washington Park---was completed in 1914. Though Henry and Georgiana lived here for just a few years before their deaths, the mansion stayed in the family until the 1960s, when it was taken over by the city, restored, and opened to the public.
While touring the 46-acre estate, now a National Historic Landmark, you’ll see many original family furnishings and other possessions and learn about the mansion’s unusual architecture and innovative (for the day) features including a central vacuum system. You’ll also learn more about the Pittocks, who, some say, might still be here. There have been reports of apparitions, heavy footsteps, windows shutting by themselves, and the inexplicable smell of roses. Georgiana, it seems, was quite partial to the blooms and even helped found the annual festival honoring their role in Portland, which is also known as the City of Roses.
3229 N.W. Pittock Dr.
- Portland, Oregon 97210
- 45.52471200, -122.71702700
- Feb.--Jun. and Sept.--Dec., daily 11--4; July--Aug., daily 10--5.
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- (508) 823-3623