Portland's Pittock Mansion directly transports visitors back to the Rose City of the early 20th century. The three-story mansion includes nearly 23 rooms, each complete with ornate and worldly décor influenced by an eclectic mix of classic Turkish, English and French styles. The architecture of the home rivals the furnishings: intricate designs cover the arched ceilings, cascading staircases and elaborate balcony rails.
The ballroom basement of Pittock Mansion reveals the home's historical significance to Portland. Built and owned by Henry and Georgiana Pittock, the family was known for their love of outdoor pursuits as well as the written word – Henry Pittock was a prominent editor, eventually the head publisher of the Oregonian, still in publication today. Pittock revitalized the failing newspaper using the Pony Express, helping it become the state's leading news publication of its time, which it remains as today. The paper was not the family's only contribution to Oregon's biggest city; Georgiana was an avid lover of roses, and helped to create the Portland annual rose festival.
While it's easy to be swept away by the grandeur of the mansion itself, the grounds and view are equally if not more impressive. In the late spring and summer, prime roses of all varieties adorn the carefully sculpted lawn and garden that opens to a stunning view of the city's flourishing skyline with the Cascade Mountains serving as its backdrop.
Even frosty – or rainy, more often – Northwest winters don't keep visitors away. Beginning around Thanksgiving Day and running until New Year's Eve Day, Pittock Mansion puts on an impressive holiday display, where their 23 rooms will be decorated by volunteers and designers
- February through June: 11am to 4pm daily
- July through August: 10am to 4pm
- September through December: 11am to 4pm
- January: Closed
- Regular Admission:
- Adults: $7
- Seniors: $6
- Youth (ages 6-18): $4
- Children under 6: Free
- Members: Free
- Holiday Admission:
- Adults: $9
- Seniors: $8
- Youth: $6
- Members: Free
- Bus Stop:
- 20-Burnside/Stark to W Burnside & NW Hermosa Station
- Location: 3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR
- Phone: 503-823-3623
- Website: www.pittockmansion.org