Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion
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Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion was a modern home with unique architecture and the latest technology. Experience the story of Portland through the lives of one of its most influential families and get to know the pioneer spirit behind its transformation from “stumptown” to modern, industrial city.
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  • masonsgalpal
    Chicago, Illinois208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and view
    Fun if you love to tour old houses. No audio tour but lots of signage explaining the significance of the items in the house. Interesting that they had "Plague" rooms for the ill. The grounds are pretty to walk on and the view of Portland makes for great photos! Beware, signs posted in the parking lot to have your car "show room ready" to avoid smash and grab incidents. Did not see anything while we were there, but if signs are up there must be an issue.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • SMF-Collegeville
    Batesville, Indiana205 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Preserved Mansion
    Impressive mansion and interesting caretaker's house to look at, with period furnishings and interesting informational signs throughout. The story of Pittock, coming in on the Oregon Trail and instrumental in the newspaper industry of the time, was quite interesting from a historical perspective. Also a garden and a nice viewpoint over the city of Portland. Well worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Interesting Mansion With Nice Views and Hiking
    We visited the Pittock Mansion for the first time in July 2023. It is one of the most important historic sites to visit in Portland, an interesting mansion with an interesting history and great views from the southern end of the large Forest Park system. The Pittock family were early Portland settlers and eventually owners of The Oregonian newspaper, along with many other business interests that made them among the leading business owners of the region. They also lead interesting lives, active in many events and organizations in the area. One can read all about them at the mansion. They built the mansion in the early 20th century, late in their lives, and moved into it in 1914. In addition to being simply a grand and opulent place, it has interesting elements such as the unusual layout, plus details in the bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The mansion commands nice views over Portland and there is a scenic viewing area outside. The grounds also include a building called the Gate Lodge which was a servants' house, and for most of its history was the home of the estate steward and his family. It includes a number of original items from that family. There is a shop and there are restrooms. Parking is right at the grounds. In addition, there is nice hiking at the location. This is in the southern part of Forest Park and surrounded by various parks which all join together, in the wooded hills with many trails. There is a trailhead for the Wildwood Trail right at the parking lot. Visitors just tour the mansion and grounds on their own - although as of the time of our visit, the website still included Covid-related rules about when to book entry, etc., which are no longer actually in force (an issue we have have many places in travelling since Covid-19).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Jerry W
    Paris, Texas23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating technology in a 1900 mansion
    This mansion is about 120 years old, but had the latest technology-ahead of their time. Contains electric lights, rubber floor in cooking area, a refrigerated closet, a communication system and much more. It was an excellent place to spend a rainy afternoon.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • tumbleweedchris
    Richland, Washington983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Parking Advice
    For folks that like gawking at old mansions, this is a good attraction. The mansion has minimal historical significance and was more or less owned by a newspaper family that went belly up a long time ago. I would say the family information has almost no interest to me as a result. They also indicate that most of the furnishings are not how the house would've looked. The mansion features, views, and construction are quite interesting, however. There are three floors of self-guided viewing, although the bottom floor is a rotating art exhibit. There is a vista point and a small guest house that are also included in the ticket. It's a gorgeous home with lots of neat features for the era the house was built in. The attraction charges for parking just like most everywhere else in Portland, which is irritating. I advise you don't encourage this ridiculous upcharge and park for free at the trail parking that is a very short walk from the entrance. You will pass it just as you make a sharp turn to the entrance. This is one of the better attractions I've seen in Portland if you like meandering through old mansions.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Jamie S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy Day at Pittock Mansion
    As one of the most historic sites to visit in Portland, the mansion and the grounds were breathtaking, especially on what turned out to be a rainy day. Within the mansion, there are many interesting historical facts along with furniture and antiques from different time periods. On the grounds, there are great views of the city and fall colors. There was also an exhibit for Eliza Barchus which contained her artwork and life details, which may have been the highlight of the mansion.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great intro to Portland in every way
    Driving from the west, from the Oregon coast during our 8 day Pacific NW tour, this mansion was our first stop in Portland. It's set on a hill above Portland, in the western suburbs. Fair size paying parking lot onsite. I would suggest this to be your first stop in Portland also, as it gives you a good introduction to Oregon's biggest city in two ways. First, you'll learn it was the Pittocks who turned this place from a small muddy village into a booming metropolis. Second, from the mansion grounds - park around the house, there's the best Portland viewpoint - you'll have the entire city beneath you. Touring the house is paying and you can easily skip it. Nothing unseen (specially if you're coming from Europe) and I doubt the authenticity from early 20c. Walking the grounds is totally free along with the viewpoint, gardens, etc...
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2024
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Fascinating house design, spectacular gardens and view, generally informative displays/signage. It is worth the tour and the setting is spectacular. That said, you proceed from one roped off area to another and sometimes get a livestock through the chute feeling which might be part covid and part that this is a very popular attraction. Caretaker's house was supposedly open and would have loved to see it as it plays an integral part in the family history - but it was locked. Rooms sometimes decorated by interior designers' (term used loosely) interpretations of xyz 'period' that has nothing to do with the house itself nor how it would have been decorated c.1910. Interesting history of Vanport on basement level - a story I did not know. With popularity of the place they probably do have limit access as is done, but compared with, say, the Overholser in OKC, the Bingham-Waggoner in Independence or Salisbury House in Des Moines, you get a much less thorough experience here.
Written August 1, 2021
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA983 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
For folks that like gawking at old mansions, this is a good attraction. The mansion has minimal historical significance and was more or less owned by a newspaper family that went belly up a long time ago. I would say the family information has almost no interest to me as a result. They also indicate that most of the furnishings are not how the house would've looked. The mansion features, views, and construction are quite interesting, however. There are three floors of self-guided viewing, although the bottom floor is a rotating art exhibit. There is a vista point and a small guest house that are also included in the ticket. It's a gorgeous home with lots of neat features for the era the house was built in. The attraction charges for parking just like most everywhere else in Portland, which is irritating. I advise you don't encourage this ridiculous upcharge and park for free at the trail parking that is a very short walk from the entrance. You will pass it just as you make a sharp turn to the entrance. This is one of the better attractions I've seen in Portland if you like meandering through old mansions.
Written November 4, 2023
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had planned to stop here during our trip, but had stayed flexible on where to work it into our itinerary. We were on our final day in Portland where it made sense to try to visit this place (en route back from our day trip to Mount St. Helens) so we didn't have as much time or energy at that point. Had we visited earlier in the day, we might have toured the mansion also. As it was, we just toured the grounds, which is free.

To get to the mansion, you climb several hilly roads, eventually making a very sharp turn onto the final street. That leads to a narrow driveway (I wondered aloud if it was 1-way until we saw as 'share the road' sign...). This widens a bit an leads to...another sharp turn into the parking lot. All of this is more challenging as you meet an oncoming (thankfully slow) vehicle, but is still navigable.

The parking lot is fairly large. You have to pay to park here, which was the only expense we incurred. Also, I think there was a trail at the far end of the lot connecting to Washington Park, so you may be able to hike here from the park (you should research this if you want to pursue it).

We checked out the gift shop briefly before advancing to the mansion. If you are jus touring the grounds / gardens, you can circle around either side of the house. There are various flowers, shrubs, and trees all around. Most of the flowers seemed to be on the far side of the house. This was also where the lawn was located, which sloped down to a bluff overlooking the city. You could also see Mt. Hood clearly from there. It seemed to be a popular place for picnics.

The lot has a pronounced slope, so be prepared to climb stairs or a sloping asphalt path as you circle the house.

Depending on your schedule and your level of interest in old mansions, a tour of the house might be worthwhile (I think it cost on the order of $10 per person, but check their website). This was a nice stop with beautiful scenery. We probably toured all of the grounds in 45 minutes. It is worth checking out.
Written August 4, 2022
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Adventurer446183
Portland, OR23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a must see if you are visiting Portland. It gives you an ides of how the upper half lived in early Portland. Beautiful grounds overlooking the city. The home, I believe, was owned by the original owner of the newspaper "Oregonian. Easy to get to from downtown.
Written February 16, 2020
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Renee R
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I rate the mansion itself 1-2 stars. There were so few items original to the Pittocks. Additionally, the rooms would be set up for the period but then the description says that it was not the way the Pittocks used it. One even said the bed used was not fancy enough. Personally, I want to see the "not fancy original bed" not a fancy period one!

The holiday decorations, though pretty, were not period at all. It actually distracted from the enjoyment of seeing the mansion. (This was my first visit.)

The reason for the three stars is that the view, the grounds, and the outside of the mansion are lovely and a 5-star experience. I would personally recommend driving up, paying the $2-3 dollars to park and walking the grounds. If you walk the backside, you will see an amazing view of Portland!
Written December 4, 2023
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B. Darst
Irvine, CA139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a great way to learn more about the city of Portland. Throughout the house, there is info all over regarding the history of Portland. There are also amazing views of the city since the house sits up on the hillside. I highly recommend seeing this landmark.
Written November 9, 2020
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Gabe H
Northern Virginia, VA172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The house has a number of interesting and beautiful architectural styles. The house is spacious enough to spread out visitors and keep socially distant. Most of the furnishings are donated period pieces (not the originals), but all are quite nicely done.
Written September 11, 2021
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL3,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This beautiful mansion from the early 1900s offers sweeping views of the city and beautiful grounds. You can drive there, but we hiked; it’s part of the trail system within Washington Park. Our hike was definitely uphill! The forest was beautiful and it was cool to emerge at this mansion and be rewarded with the panoramic view of the city below. Note that the mansion is closed on some days; however, even on those days, the grounds are pretty and views fantastic. A nice addition to our Portland visit.
Written August 23, 2022
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munchkin19
Chicago, IL24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This mansion is on the small side but beautiful none the less. The $10 entrance fee was well worth. The real star of the property is the location, way up from the city on a hilltop. The views are spectacular, and on a clear day you can see Mt. Rainer. The roses on the estate are lovely, and there are trails to hike on. This can be a full day excursion, the Test Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens are really close by. We took an Uber, no bus goes this far.
Written August 12, 2021
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Nybe O
Portland, OR65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The building is beautiful, and the grounds are well maintained. The view of the city and Mt. Hood is stunning, and can see that this view must be on a plethora of postcards! Peaceful day, will return when mansion is open.
Written March 22, 2020
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