New insight into Henry Pittock’s world

September 14, 2016

Photo of Henry Pittock on Waikiki Beach and bills from his stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.


Henry’s Woodruff file cabinet filled with documents circa 1860 -1920.

Pittock Mansion’s curator is completing the cataloguing, scanning, and preserving of documents enclosed in a Woodruff file cabinet owned by Henry Pittock. Recently donated to the museum, the cabinet holds letters, bills, and contracts that offer a window into The Oregonian publisher’s daily business projects and travels.

This important collection of primary documents gives us deeper insight into Henry’s life. While most are business papers, some documents relate to Pittock family vacations, such as bills from their 1906 stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

Pittock Mansion seeks a Part-Time Custodial Coordinator

July 7, 2016

Pittock Mansion is a house of historical significance and visual magnificence, offering a uniquely personal opportunity to peek into the past. Attracting over 100,000 visitors in the past year, Pittock Mansion is one of the top destinations in Oregon, and the perfect place to experience the story of Portland. The custodial staff at Pittock Mansion are part of a team, along with the Curator, who take a lead in caring for and preserving the historic home. The Custodial Coordinator coordinates the daily, interim and annual maintenance of the mansion and outbuildings. As part of the custodial team, the coordinator helps ensure the visual integrity, cleanliness, and safety of all areas. This is a Limited Duration position, lasting up to 180 days. This recruitment may be used to fill future regular positions in the department. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please.

Position: Custodial Coordinator, Limited Duration

Position type: Part Time, Limited Duration

Reports to: Manager of Administration

Schedule: 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 4 days a week, including 1 weekend day

Compensation: $14-$16 per hour DOE

Responsibilities include:

  • General coordination of the interior cleaning and maintenance of the mansion and outbuildings, working with Curator & Manager of Administration
  • Department supply management, including tracking, maintenance, and storage, and placing orders as needed, primarily through vendor websites
  • Follow maintenance schedules and work with supervisor to update as needed
  • Ensure all maintenance logs/records are kept
  • Perform day-to-day cleaning in the Mansion, Store, Admissions Bay, Gate Lodge, and public restrooms, including floor care, window care, vacuuming, dusting, and emptying trash.
  • Ensure cleaning equipment is maintained and repaired as needed
  • Inspect buildings for cleanliness, completed work, and needed repairs
  • Initiate work orders for repairs
  • Assist with MSDS/PPE/HAZMAT programs, PPE and Safety Procedures & training, and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (“MSDS”) & books
  • Follow sound safety practices
  • In coordination with supervisor, prepare for and perform annual maintenance during January, including floor finishes and general deep cleaning of all buildings
  • Other duties as needed or assigned

Skills required:

  • 3-5 years custodial experience, preferably in a historic building/setting
  • Attention to detail
  • Awareness of the need to maintain buildings in keeping with their historic integrity, while at the same time prolonging building longevity
  • Advanced knowledge of cleaning techniques, procedures, materials, and equipment, including maintaining hardwood, marble, and marmoleum flooring
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Ability to perform duties in a safe manner
  • Ability to operate & maintain all departmental equipment in a historic building environment, including buffer, power tools, and hand tools
  • Physical strength, stamina, and coordination to perform job tasks
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs often, safely use ladders, and operate 1914 residential elevator
  • Ability to communicate both orally and written, in a positive & courteous manner with public, Portland Parks employees, Pittock employees, and volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Record of flexibility, professionalism, and dependability
  • Valid driver’s license and dependable transportation
  • Qualified candidate must complete background check prior to offer of employment



Pittock Mansion Welcomes 100,000th Visitor in 12 Months

June 27, 2016
Pittock Mansion in June 2016

At a time when many historic house museums around the country are experiencing declining visitation, Pittock Mansion’s annual visitation has steadily grown.


On June 23rd, 2016, Pittock Mansion welcomed its 100,000th visitor in the last 12 months!

At a time when many historic house museums around the country are experiencing declining visitation, Pittock Mansion’s annual visitation has steadily grown from 81,000 visitors in fiscal year 2013/2014, to 86,000 in fiscal year 2014/2015, to a new record of 100,000 visitors in fiscal year 2015/2016.

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Our 100,000th visitor, Mya, at center with Pittock Mansion Executive Director Marta Bones (left) and Associate Director Jennifer Gritt (right).

Our 100,000th visitor was new Gresham resident, Mya. Mya and her family recently relocated to the Portland area from California. Her first-time visit to the Pittock was inspired by an unexpected afternoon off and the Pittock Mansion signs on Burnside. “Pittock Mansion, that sounded interesting!” Mya explained.

A regular museum go-er, Mya has visited museums in New York, California, and Chicago, and found the accessibility of Pittock Mansion to be unique. “Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, and the signs were informal and interesting,” Mya said. Mya’s favorite spot in the mansion was the Sewing Room due to  her interest in knitting and cross stitching.

In celebration of setting Pittock Mansion’s new visitation record, staff presented Mya with a gift bag including a free Family membership, 4 complimentary admission passes, and a Pittock tote, mug, and magnet. We look forward to welcoming Mya and her family, new Oregonian residents into the Pittock Mansion community and the Portland community at large.

Pittock Mansion’s record attendance comes as Board and staff prepare to initiate a new four-year strategic plan which will further enhance the visitor experience, expand educational programming, and increase community engagement.

“Reaching 100,000 annual visitors is an exciting milestone in the Pittock’s history,” Executive Director Marta Bones stated. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to launch our work on additional strategic improvements to support an engaging and educational experience for our visitors.” In addition to further enhancing public program offerings, the mansion will work with Portland Parks and Recreation to improve access and create a sustainable long-term preservation plan for the buildings.

“We are proud to begin the next chapter of Pittock Mansion’s history,” Bones concluded, “and look forward to the continued support and participation of the Portland community.”

The new strategic plan will build upon the successes of the Pittock’s Visitor Experience Project, which surveyed visitors about their needs and interests.  Focusing on these, the museum positioned itself to fulfill its mission of inspiring understanding of Portland history in ways that would be compelling and relevant to visitors.

The Pittocks and the Rose Festival

June 6, 2016

Did you know the Pittock’s ties to the Portland Rose Festival go back to its earliest days?

In 1889, local rose enthusiasts founded the Portland Rose Society to encourage amateurs to cultivate and exhibit roses. Georgiana Pittock’s love of roses led her to offer the Pittock’s downtown backyard as the location for their first rose show.

Henry Pittock was a founder of the Rose Festival, started in 1907, and was a lifetime member of the Royal Rosarians, a group formed to act as Portland’s goodwill ambassadors and promote the young city.

See below for a collection of historical Rose Society, Royal Rosarian, and Rose Festival photos!


One of the homes the Pittocks built on SW Washington St., the site where the Rose Society held their first rose show.



Henry Pittock in a Royal Rosarian uniform, circa 1916.


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Henry Pittock, representing the Royal Rosarians, planting a rose at the San Francisco World Fair site, circa 1915. Photo Credit: The Royal Rosarians.



May 5, 1918 picnic for the dedication of Vista House in the Columbia Gorge. Henry Pittock is in his white Royal Rosarian uniform standing at the back of the group.



Henry Pittock riding in the 1914 Rose Society parade.


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Henry Pittock and the Rose Court, circa 1917.



Henry Pittock and two gentlemen riding in the Rose Festival parade, circa 1917.



Children, including Pittock grandchildren, at the Rose Festival parade, circa 1914.

Now Offering Admission Discount to Low-Income Oregonians

April 6, 2016


Pittock Mansion is now offering $5 admission to low-income Oregonians!

Simply show your Oregon Trail Card to purchase discounted tickets.

This offer is made in partnership with Arts For All, a collation of organizations offering discounted cultural experiences to food stamps (SNAP) recipients.

Learn more and find a list of participating organizations on the Arts for All website.


Sept. 6 – Jan. 1 11am – 4pm Daily
Nov. 18 – Nov. 20 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Feb. – June 11am – 4pm Daily
July – Sept. 5 10am – 5pm Daily



Members FREE
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $9.00
Youth (ages 6–18) $7.00
Children under 6 FREE

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