For anyone who ever wondered, “What’s behind that door?” while visiting Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion, Behind-the-Scenes Tours will be offered on Saturdays: April 26, May 24, and June 28. Mansion guides will lead small groups through areas of the Mansion not ordinarily open to the public during regular tours.
The special tours will include underground hallways that lead to the original furnace room, the Mansion’s vault, electrical panels, and the elevator maintenance room. The tour also will examine the early 20th-century innovations incorporated when the home was built in 1914 by the forward-looking industrialist and Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana.
The tour will then wind up the servants’ stairs to the Mansion’s third floor, which is rarely open to visitors. Third-floor rooms include Henry Pittock’s private den, storage rooms, and the servants’ bedrooms and bathroom. Visitors will also get to see the third-floor terrace and peek into the home’s cavernous attic.
The special tours will be offered in addition to the Mansion’s regularly scheduled tours. Visitors are encouraged to take both tours. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes about 45 minutes. Regular public tours last about an hour.
Tour times are: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Reservations and prepayment are required, due to demand. Admission for Behind-the-Scenes Tours is $19 per person, which covers admission and includes the regular public tour. For members, this tour is $7. Behind the Scenes tours are not recommended for children under 10. To make a reservation for upcoming tours, please call 503.823.3623.