Ever wanted to see how the ultra wealthy live? Explore a rich family’s house for an hour. We promise no one will yell “get off the property!”
Instead, you’re free to wander the grounds and get a taste of Portland history (not to mention the spectacular view of Portland and its surroundings). You’ll sure wish it were your home, since it’s a true mansion with exquisite flowering gardens that flow into the dense pine forest beyond the edges of the property. Once abandoned and slated for demolition, this building was saved by community advocacy and preserved as a museum. Inside, the history tells of a family influential in the transformation of Portland into an industrial powerhouse. If you’re not into history or seeing a house-turned-museum, or just don’t want to spend money on admission, it’s definitely still worth going to walk around the outside to see the flora and the view.
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Best things to see at Pittock Mansion
Designed by architect Edward T. Foulkes (his fancy background included training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the French École des Beaux-Arts), the mansion’s 16,000 square feet boast French Renaissance-style details and furnishings. Its unique oval shape and 45-degree wings were designed to accommodate the views of Portland and the Cascade Mountains, and the structure was built to include modern conveniences like thermostat-controlled central heating, indirect electric lighting, an elevator, and a central vacuum system. It boasts a total of 23 rooms and includes a library, sewing room, and a Turkish smoking room— because everyone needs one of those, right?
Let’s face it—you need to be rich (really rich) to own 46 acres of land in Portland (even way back then), and the grounds of the mansion are everything you’d expect from a family flush with cash. The three-car garage, greenhouses, and tennis court no longer exist, but that doesn’t matter. The real show stopper? The gardens. You’ll feel a million miles away from the busy city streets as you wander among the dogwoods, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, lilacs, magnolias and soak in the stunning backdrop of Portland’s skyline. Yeah, we can see why the Pittock family liked it here.
The Gate Lodge
Originally occupied by the Pittocks’ chauffeur and his wife in 1914, the lodge sat empty for many years and fell into disrepair until the city of Portland restored it in the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, it served at a tearoom for the Junior League and caterers until it was finally turned back into a historic house. The structure was taken back to its 1930s roots with the help of one of its original residents, Majorie Skene, who played a major role in advising on historic fabrics and colors to get the look just right. Each room of this 2,400-square-foot home is intricately designed to resemble how it looked back in the 1930s, complete with original furniture and household items donated by the Skene family.
Best places to eat & drink near Pittock Mansion
Since Pittock Mansion is somewhat out of the city center, you’ll want to trek back into the main downtown area to grab a bite to eat. The area surrounding Burnside Street, the large thoroughfare leading to a busier part of the city, is home to some of the city’s most popular restaurant and sure to have something to satisfy your taste buds.
Food truck fare
Portland is well known for its food trucks—the phenomenon started well over a decade ago as a way to provide cheap and delicious eats without having to shell out wads of cash in rent. The result? Delectable culinary delights ranging from BBQ and tacos, to falafel and Korean fusion. Check out the city’s handy food cart map to find the one you’re looking for.
Pittock Mansion directions and parking
The best way to get to Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion is located in West Portland near Washington Park. If your coming by car, take W Burnside Road to NW Barnes Road. If you’re biking, the mansion can be accessed from NW Barnes Road or NW Monte Vista Terrace. If you are prepared to do some walking, the #20 will take you to W Burnside and NW Barnes where you can get off and walk up the hill to the mansion.
Best parking near Pittock Mansion
There is a parking lot outside of Pittock Mansion.
Pittock Mansion FAQs
What are the mansion’s hours?
The Pittock Mansion is open:
February-May: 10am-4pm Daily
June-Labor Day: 10am-5pm Daily
September-Deccember: 10am-4pm Daily
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Is Pittock Mansion wheelchair and stroller accessible?
With the exception of the Gate Lodge, Pittock Mansion is wheelchair and stroller accessible. However, visitors will need to carry strollers up and down the stairs, and it is recommended that they be checked before touring.
Are pets allowed?
With the exception of ADA-recognized service animals, pets are not allowed inside Pittock Mansion.
How big is Pittock Mansion?
Pittock Mansion is 16,000 square feet. It has 23 rooms, including a library, music room, Turkish smoking room, sewing room, five bedrooms, and two sleeping porches.
When was the mansion last inhabited?
Pittock Mansion was last inhabited in 1958 by Pittock’s grandson Peter Gantenbein and his father, Edward.