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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe historic turn-of-the-century Pittock Mansion is located high in the West Hills in Portland, Oregon. This French Renaissance-style estate was originally built for Henry Pittock , publisher of The Oregonian, and his wife, Georgiana. The house is characterized by 23 rooms filled with art and antiques, where visitors can learn about the history of the city of Portland, as well as about the personal lives of the first owners of the house.
The estate also includes 46 acres of land, which is now owned and managed by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation and open to the public. The views of Downtown Portland are fantastic.
HistoryHenry and Georgiana arrived separately in Portland in the mid-19th century. They met and married in 1860. Henry started working for a local newspaper, which eventually was taken over by him and became The Oregonian. He later expanded and built a business empire that also included real estate, banking, railroads, and mining. Henry and Georgiana lived a long and full life of hard work and community service. Their story reads like the ultimate American Dream.
Coincidentally, the lives of the couple paralleled the growth of Portland from a small town in the Pacific Northwest to the bustling city that it is today. The City of Portland bought the estate in 1964, a few decades after their death, and opened it to the public in 1965. It has been a local landmark ever since, attracting about 80,000 people each year.
Visiting the Pittock MansionThe mansion houses rotating exhibitions that showcase photography, art and artifacts and allow visitors to emerge themselves in the life of a Portland tycoon from around the turn of the 20th century. The exhibits also provide a great insight into the history of the city. The grounds can be explored on foot and offer fine view of the city down below.
The Pittock Mansion is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from February through June; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September through December. The mansion is closed in January and on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tickets cost $ 10 USD for adults, $ 9.00 USD for seniors, and $ 7.00 USD for children between 6 and 18. Children younger than 6 can enter for free.
How to Get ThereThe Pittock Mansion is located off West Burnside, two miles west of Downtown Portland. The address is 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksOther Portland landmarks include Fort Vancouver, Washington Park, and the Portland Japanese Garden.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Apr 18, 2015