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Pittock Mansion is a treasure-filled historic house museum 1,000 feet above Portland's skyline. A century-old symbol of Portland's dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city, it's an architectural wonder. Surrounded by 46 acres of natural beauty with picture perfect views of rivers, forests, bridges, and mountaintops, no other place in town offers a more breathtaking view and revealing glimpse of Portland's past.
Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 for pioneer newspaper publisher and entrepreneur Henry Pittock and his philanthropic wife, Georgiana, and shared with nine family members. The home was designed with progressive innovations such as a central vacuum system, an elaborate intercom system, indirect lighting and the first residential elevator in the state. Loyal to their state, the Pittocks hired Oregon craftsmen and artisans, and used mostly Northwest materials to build the 16,000 square foot Mansion.
Pittock family members lived in the Mansion until 1958, when they put the estate on the market. The empty Pittock Mansion was severely damaged by the Columbus Day Storm in 1962, and threatened with destruction by land developers. Spurred by fundraising effors of concerned citizens, the City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000 in 1964. After 15 months of restoration, the Mansion opened as a museum.
Today, the Pittock Mansion Society and Portland Parks & Recreation work in collaboration to operate and maintain the museum, the adjacent gate lodge, and the 46-acre park, which represent the Pittock family's contributions to the development of Portland and its people.
Pittock Mansion is open daily, and provides several tour options including guided tours, self-guided tours, school tours, and special tours. Engagingl exhibits, programs, and activities are offered throughout the year.