Cory and I have both lived in Oregon our entire lives, no more than a 15 minute drive from Portland, and yet neither of us had ever been to Pittock Mansion. The mansion, which soars 1,000 feet above the city’s skyline, was built in 1914 by Henry and Georgiana Pittock. Henry was founder of The Oregonian and both he and Georgiana were key in organizing the Rose Festival.
With a love of architecture and antiques, Cory and I finally decided to go during our staycation (especially when we found out our local library has a pass that allows two people to visit for free).
I thought we would spend an hour or so there admiring the vintage furniture, immaculately kept grounds and outstanding views of the city but we ended up spending over 2 hours at the mansion and taking a ridiculous amount of photographs. Due to the volume of photographs, I’ve decided to break up the trip to Pittock into a few parts. Lets start with the first floor of the mansion.
Our first stop was the library and vestibule. I loved the little details that made it look like people still lived there: playing cards left out on the table, muddy boots by the backdoor and open magazines and newspapers waiting for the return of a reader.
Next stop was the romantic, ornate music room. There was more gilding than I knew what to do with.
We then stepped into the Turkish smoking room which, strangely enough, they never allowed anyone to smoke in. Oh, how I would have loved to write letters at that desk!
The dining room had some seriously amazing views. They even had a mirror put up so guests who sat with their backs to the window could still marvel at the view.
Next we walked through the butler’s pantry and into the kitchen. I wish the view above my kitchen sink at home was so beautiful, heck, I’d even take half as beautiful!
And the last room on the first floor was a quaint, little breakfast room.