Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion
4.5
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Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion was a modern home with unique architecture and the latest technology. Experience the story of Portland through the lives of one of its most influential families and get to know the pioneer spirit behind its transformation from “stumptown” to modern, industrial city.
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  • masonsgalpal
    Chicago, Illinois208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and view
    Fun if you love to tour old houses. No audio tour but lots of signage explaining the significance of the items in the house. Interesting that they had "Plague" rooms for the ill. The grounds are pretty to walk on and the view of Portland makes for great photos! Beware, signs posted in the parking lot to have your car "show room ready" to avoid smash and grab incidents. Did not see anything while we were there, but if signs are up there must be an issue.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • SMF-Collegeville
    Batesville, Indiana205 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Preserved Mansion
    Impressive mansion and interesting caretaker's house to look at, with period furnishings and interesting informational signs throughout. The story of Pittock, coming in on the Oregon Trail and instrumental in the newspaper industry of the time, was quite interesting from a historical perspective. Also a garden and a nice viewpoint over the city of Portland. Well worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Interesting Mansion With Nice Views and Hiking
    We visited the Pittock Mansion for the first time in July 2023. It is one of the most important historic sites to visit in Portland, an interesting mansion with an interesting history and great views from the southern end of the large Forest Park system. The Pittock family were early Portland settlers and eventually owners of The Oregonian newspaper, along with many other business interests that made them among the leading business owners of the region. They also lead interesting lives, active in many events and organizations in the area. One can read all about them at the mansion. They built the mansion in the early 20th century, late in their lives, and moved into it in 1914. In addition to being simply a grand and opulent place, it has interesting elements such as the unusual layout, plus details in the bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The mansion commands nice views over Portland and there is a scenic viewing area outside. The grounds also include a building called the Gate Lodge which was a servants' house, and for most of its history was the home of the estate steward and his family. It includes a number of original items from that family. There is a shop and there are restrooms. Parking is right at the grounds. In addition, there is nice hiking at the location. This is in the southern part of Forest Park and surrounded by various parks which all join together, in the wooded hills with many trails. There is a trailhead for the Wildwood Trail right at the parking lot. Visitors just tour the mansion and grounds on their own - although as of the time of our visit, the website still included Covid-related rules about when to book entry, etc., which are no longer actually in force (an issue we have have many places in travelling since Covid-19).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Jerry W
    Paris, Texas23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating technology in a 1900 mansion
    This mansion is about 120 years old, but had the latest technology-ahead of their time. Contains electric lights, rubber floor in cooking area, a refrigerated closet, a communication system and much more. It was an excellent place to spend a rainy afternoon.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • tumbleweedchris
    Richland, Washington974 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Parking Advice
    For folks that like gawking at old mansions, this is a good attraction. The mansion has minimal historical significance and was more or less owned by a newspaper family that went belly up a long time ago. I would say the family information has almost no interest to me as a result. They also indicate that most of the furnishings are not how the house would've looked. The mansion features, views, and construction are quite interesting, however. There are three floors of self-guided viewing, although the bottom floor is a rotating art exhibit. There is a vista point and a small guest house that are also included in the ticket. It's a gorgeous home with lots of neat features for the era the house was built in. The attraction charges for parking just like most everywhere else in Portland, which is irritating. I advise you don't encourage this ridiculous upcharge and park for free at the trail parking that is a very short walk from the entrance. You will pass it just as you make a sharp turn to the entrance. This is one of the better attractions I've seen in Portland if you like meandering through old mansions.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Jamie S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy Day at Pittock Mansion
    As one of the most historic sites to visit in Portland, the mansion and the grounds were breathtaking, especially on what turned out to be a rainy day. Within the mansion, there are many interesting historical facts along with furniture and antiques from different time periods. On the grounds, there are great views of the city and fall colors. There was also an exhibit for Eliza Barchus which contained her artwork and life details, which may have been the highlight of the mansion.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
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Renee R
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I rate the mansion itself 1-2 stars. There were so few items original to the Pittocks. Additionally, the rooms would be set up for the period but then the description says that it was not the way the Pittocks used it. One even said the bed used was not fancy enough. Personally, I want to see the "not fancy original bed" not a fancy period one!

The holiday decorations, though pretty, were not period at all. It actually distracted from the enjoyment of seeing the mansion. (This was my first visit.)

The reason for the three stars is that the view, the grounds, and the outside of the mansion are lovely and a 5-star experience. I would personally recommend driving up, paying the $2-3 dollars to park and walking the grounds. If you walk the backside, you will see an amazing view of Portland!
Written 4 December 2023
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Jamie S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
As one of the most historic sites to visit in Portland, the mansion and the grounds were breathtaking, especially on what turned out to be a rainy day. Within the mansion, there are many interesting historical facts along with furniture and antiques from different time periods. On the grounds, there are great views of the city and fall colors. There was also an exhibit for Eliza Barchus which contained her artwork and life details, which may have been the highlight of the mansion.
Written 5 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
For folks that like gawking at old mansions, this is a good attraction. The mansion has minimal historical significance and was more or less owned by a newspaper family that went belly up a long time ago. I would say the family information has almost no interest to me as a result. They also indicate that most of the furnishings are not how the house would've looked. The mansion features, views, and construction are quite interesting, however. There are three floors of self-guided viewing, although the bottom floor is a rotating art exhibit. There is a vista point and a small guest house that are also included in the ticket. It's a gorgeous home with lots of neat features for the era the house was built in. The attraction charges for parking just like most everywhere else in Portland, which is irritating. I advise you don't encourage this ridiculous upcharge and park for free at the trail parking that is a very short walk from the entrance. You will pass it just as you make a sharp turn to the entrance. This is one of the better attractions I've seen in Portland if you like meandering through old mansions.
Written 4 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jerry W
Paris, TX23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This mansion is about 120 years old, but had the latest technology-ahead of their time. Contains electric lights, rubber floor in cooking area, a refrigerated closet, a communication system and much more. It was an excellent place to spend a rainy afternoon.
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joel M
Buda, TX1,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very beautiful mansion and grounds. So much beautiful furniture and furnishings. The views are amazing from every window. An wonderful home for such an active Portland family.
Written 24 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

D T
Boston, MA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful house with a very well done self guided tour. If you like visiting lovely houses with gardens, this is for you!
Written 1 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited the Pittock Mansion for the first time in July 2023. It is one of the most important historic sites to visit in Portland, an interesting mansion with an interesting history and great views from the southern end of the large Forest Park system.

The Pittock family were early Portland settlers and eventually owners of The Oregonian newspaper, along with many other business interests that made them among the leading business owners of the region. They also lead interesting lives, active in many events and organizations in the area. One can read all about them at the mansion.

They built the mansion in the early 20th century, late in their lives, and moved into it in 1914. In addition to being simply a grand and opulent place, it has interesting elements such as the unusual layout, plus details in the bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The mansion commands nice views over Portland and there is a scenic viewing area outside. The grounds also include a building called the Gate Lodge which was a servants' house, and for most of its history was the home of the estate steward and his family. It includes a number of original items from that family.

There is a shop and there are restrooms. Parking is right at the grounds.

In addition, there is nice hiking at the location. This is in the southern part of Forest Park and surrounded by various parks which all join together, in the wooded hills with many trails. There is a trailhead for the Wildwood Trail right at the parking lot.

Visitors just tour the mansion and grounds on their own - although as of the time of our visit, the website still included Covid-related rules about when to book entry, etc., which are no longer actually in force (an issue we have have many places in travelling since Covid-19).
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Impressive mansion and interesting caretaker's house to look at, with period furnishings and interesting informational signs throughout. The story of Pittock, coming in on the Oregon Trail and instrumental in the newspaper industry of the time, was quite interesting from a historical perspective. Also a garden and a nice viewpoint over the city of Portland. Well worth visiting.
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

masonsgalpal
Chicago, IL208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Fun if you love to tour old houses. No audio tour but lots of signage explaining the significance of the items in the house. Interesting that they had "Plague" rooms for the ill. The grounds are pretty to walk on and the view of Portland makes for great photos! Beware, signs posted in the parking lot to have your car "show room ready" to avoid smash and grab incidents. Did not see anything while we were there, but if signs are up there must be an issue.
Written 7 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

themontanatravelgirl
Great Falls, MT83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
What a beautiful mansion. God bless the preservation society for bringing it back to life. It is a very unique property and the garden was blooming. So pretty.
Written 16 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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