High in the West Hills above Northwest Portland, the historic turn-of-the-century Pittock Mansion offers picture-perfect views of the city and its surroundings, as well as a revealing glimpse of Portland’s past.
The mansion is characterized by its impressive architecture and 23 art- and antique-filled rooms, where you can learn about the city’s history and the fascinating success story of early Portland moguls Henry and Georgiana Pittock, instrumental in the early development of Portland. Henry and Georgiana arrived in Oregon separately in the mid-1800s and, over the next sixty years, dedicated themselves to hard work, community service and pride in their home. In 1860, Henry Pittock took over the city’s newspaper, which eventually became The Oregonian that Portlanders read today, and built a business empire in industries as diverse as real estate, banking, railroads, ranching, mining and pulp and paper.
The mansion hosts rotating historical exhibits showcasing art, artifacts, photography and more that inform visitors about period life in Portland, Oregon and the U.S. Every holiday season, the mansion is decked with Christmas trees and features a spectacular exhibit, like 2012’s “Celebrating Christmas Carols,” during which all the rooms’ decorations reflected iconic Christmas song themes.
Open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. February through June, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July and August, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. September through December; closed in January; admission charged.