Pittock Mansion was the home of Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana Pittock who were entrepreneurs, philanthropists, community leaders, and overall very influential people of the time. Among other things, Henry Pittock was a founder of The Oregonian newspaper while Georgiana Pittock founded Portland Rose Society and Portland's Rose Festival. Their efforts were great to make Portland the cultural and business center of Oregon.
Construction of the beautiful 23-room French Renaissance-style mansion began in 1909 and was completed in 1914. Currently, a 46-acre estate is owned by the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The house and the front garden on the West Hills provide panoramic views of the city skyline, the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and Mount Hood in the background from 1,000 feet above sea level. It is considered to be the best Mount Hood viewing site.
The estate features a yard that is wonderful for picnics, a greenhouse, several buildings including the Italianate gate lodge, servant’s residence, and a three-car garage. Pittock Mansion is a building with unique architecture, rich in history, and full of remarkable stories attached to it.
This French Renaissance château combines English, French, and Turkish architecture and has a great collection of historic furnishings, music instruments, art, and artifacts. The stories of how these items were acquired are breathtaking. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Hiking and Nature Viewing
Designated as a National Recreation Trail, the 30-mile Wildwood Trail from Washington Park to Forest Park crosses the Pittock Mansion area. This route in the urban forest consists of a few segments and trailheads. So, hiking could be done in sections.
The Pittock Trailhead offers a few walking opportunities. One of those is an easy 1.6-mile round trip that begins on the descend Wildwood Trail. After 0.6 miles, turn right onto the Macleay Trail, then bear right on the Upper Macleay Trail, and finally, on the left on the Wildwood Trail.
Another 3.3-mile round moderate trail also starts on the descend Wildwood Trail. After 0.5 miles, bear left onto Upper Macleay Trail, then left onto the Wildwood Trail, continue to the Stone House, turn around and return onto the Wildwood Trail.