Northwest Portland is one of the city’s busiest commercial and most densely populated areas, and the culture of eclectic and trendy personalities all coming together makes for a vibrant communities. The history of the area is equally rich and interesting, with several destinations focused on preserving that history for locals and Portland visitors alike to learn about.
Pittock Mansion is one of Portland’s best-known historic sites, located in the Hillside neighborhood just moments from the Pearl District and Downtown. It’s open to the public from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout the year, and it opens at 10 a.m. in July and August. It is closed during January and on some major holidays. Admission for adults is $9 and seniors (65+) receive a $1 discount; child admission is $6, and kids under 6 years old may enter free. There are membership packages available for individuals and businesses that waive admission for members and include discounts on purchases in the Pittock Mansion Museum, as well as subscription to a newsletter.
The mansion is named after residents Henry and Georgiana Pittock. As publishers of The Oregonian, they helped establish a thriving journalistic and publishing industry in Portland at a time when lumber was still the primary industry. Information about the original residents and family is displayed throughout the mansion.
The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 damaged the house very badly, though Hillside residents and the City of Portland raised funds to spare the structure from demolition. In 1965, the Pittock Mansion doors were open to the public, allowing for people to wander its massive interior and take tours of the building to learn about its history and significance in Portland’s culture. For the past 45 years, Pittock Mansion has drawn historians, tourists and curious Portland families to study the prominent Pittock family and their lasting impact on the city.
Parents with a tinge of architectural intrigue will be fascinated by tours that focus on Pittock Mansion’s construction and its resilient structure. History buffs among both the adult and youth crowds will be kept busy for hours learning while visiting this historic site, so plan a day trip to Pittock Mansion and discover something new and interesting about this Portland landmark.
Pittock Mansion provides ample parking, and the nearest public transit option is a TriMet Bus Line 20 stop a half-mile away. There are several hiking and biking trails from nearby Macleay Park that also include informative plaques about the area and its history.