Transforming a Historic House Into a 21st-Century Museum

  Henry Pittock was a visionary entrepreneur and early adopter of technology—traits that are now serving as inspiration for Pittock Mansion’s new strategic plan for enhancing the visitor [...]

Footbridge Over Burnside Coming Soon

Pittock Mansion visitors often ask if they can walk to Washington Park from the Mansion and Forest Park. The answer? “Yes, but be careful crossing Burnside!” The warning is necessary; the [...]

Henry Pittock’s Outdoor Adventures

Like many Portlanders, the dream of outdoor adventure is part of what attracted Henry Pittock to the Northwest. As a young man in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he read an account of a rafting [...]

Water Intrusion at Pittock Mansion Addressed by Drainage Improvements

An ongoing challenge to the preservation of Pittock Mansion and the Gate Lodge is water intrusion. Over the years, shifting hillsides and changing landscapes have resulted in new opportunities [...]

Portland’s 1905 World’s Fair

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cities across the globe hosted elaborate “world’s fairs” to promote progress and showcase the industrial might, products, arts, and culture of their region and [...]

Henry’s 1910 Letter from Europe

Henry Pittock was an avid traveler, visiting regional destinations like San Francisco and more exotic ones like Hawaii and Mexico. In 1910, Henry traveled to Europe, stopping in Switzerland, [...]

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A Tale of Two Bridges: The History of Portland’s Steel Bridges

Did you know the Steel Bridge we know today is actually a replacement of the original? Built in 1888, the original Steel Bridge was Portland’s second bridge crossing the Willamette River–the [...]

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Water Testing Results at Pittock Mansion

Dear Pittock Mansion friends, Your safety is our top priority. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is continuing testing for lead in drinking water at its facilities citywide. Pittock [...]

This Month In Local History: The Vista House

Did you know Henry Pittock played a large role in the construction of the Vista House? The Vista House is located at Crown Point along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Columbia River [...]

History in Bloom

Pittock Mansion’s grounds are stunning year round thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation and volunteer OSU Master Gardeners’ hard work, but spring is an especially beautiful time of year with [...]

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