Free Shuttle from Washington Park

November 3, 2015
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Take the free shuttle from Washington Park December 19 through January 2* and receive $1 off each admission and get reimbursed up to $4 for parking by showing your parking stub (you do not need to display your parking ticket on your car).

Park by the International Test Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens near Washington Park Shuttle stops #4 and #8 marked with Pittock Mansion shuttle signs (see attached for a map).

The shuttle from Washington Park to Pittock Mansion will depart on the hour between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Return trips from Pittock Mansion back to Washington Park depart every half hour with the last departure leaving the mansion at 4:30 p.m.

Shuttle service will be provided by a 12-passenger van marked with a sign identifying it as the shuttle to Pittock Mansion. Shuttle vans are not wheelchair accessible. (TriMet offers some door-to-door neighborhood shuttle service through their Ride Connection program.  Find out more at Shuttle vans may have extra cargo space for strollers, but do not have children’s seats for transportation.

This shuttle is provided thanks to a partnership with America’s HUB World Tours. For details, contact Pittock Mansion. Please call ahead to confirm shuttle service during inclement weather.

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*Pittock Mansion will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


Pittock Mansion seeks a Part Time Accounting Specialist

September 23, 2015

Pittock Mansion is seeking a Part Time Accounting Specialist to process and monitor day to day financial transactions, including AP, AR, daily cash reconciliation, transactional reconciliation and preparing necessary financial reports. Position is part time at 24 hours. Please submit cover letter and résumé to No phone calls please.

POSITION: Accounting Specialist

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

The Accounting Specialist monitors and processes day to day financial transactions and procedures.


  • Accurately and promptly record all invoices and receipts to ensure timely processing and payment of all accounts payable including company credit card and petty cash reimbursements.
  • Process, record and reconcile all income, including daily receipts from admissions and store revenues.
  • In coordination with Development Manager, review and reconcile monthly donor and membership transactions.
  • In coordination with ED, Manager of Administration and Board Treasurer, gather, reconcile and process all necessary reports and reconciliations for month-end, quarter-end and year-end reconciliation and reporting.
  • Work with ED and Finance Committee to develop budgets and track actual performance throughout the fiscal year.
  • In coordination with ED and Board Treasurer, gather essential documentation and records for annual filing of Form 990.
  • Maintain historical records in keeping with the organizations Document Retention Policy.
  • Administrative duties as deemed necessary by ED.


  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in QuickBooks Accounting Software.
  • Non-profit bookkeeping experience preferred.
  • Professional manner and appearance.
  • Flexibility.
  • Record of dependability, timeliness and good attendance.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • 2 years accounting related coursework and 2-4 years experience in a related field. An equivalent combination of experience, training and education will be considered.
  • Qualified candidates must complete background check prior to offer of employment.


Remembering a Historic Storm

September 23, 2015

Damage at Pittock Mansion after the 1962 Columbus Day Storm.


Pittock Mansion may owe its existence today to a storm that nearly dealt it a fatal blow.

On October 12, 1962, hurricane-force winds from the now-infamous Columbus Day Storm tore through Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees, and sending debris flying.

Portland experienced wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour. Power went out across the city and telecommunications went silent. Across the Pacific Northwest, 46 lives were lost and billions of dollars of damage was done.

Pittock Mansion was just one of many buildings found ravaged after the wind stopped howling.

By the time the Columbus Day Storm hit Portland in 1962, Pittock Mansion had been vacant for several years. Peter Gantenbein, Henry and Georgiana’s grandson, was the only occupant of Pittock Mansion after over 40 years of housing a large, active family. Finding the grandiose home difficult to maintain, Peter moved out in 1958 and put Pittock Mansion on the market but was unable to find a buyer.

The unoccupied mansion suffered extensive damage during the storm. High winds blew off one-third of the ceramic roof tiles, shattered windows, and toppled giant Douglas Fir trees across the estate.

No repairs were made to Pittock Mansion after the storm, and the damaged, vacant house sat exposed to the elements for the next 18 months, resulting in water damage throughout the home.

On January 31, 1964, The Portland Reporter ran an article complete with full page photos to warn the public of developers’ plans to purchase and raze Pittock Mansion to replace it with a subdivision. Outraged, Portlanders launched a grassroots fundraising campaign to save Pittock Mansion. After months of activism and $67,500 in funds raised by citizens, the City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000.

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Water damage on the 2nd floor landing.

Repairs and restoration to the wind- and water-damaged estate took 15 months. Workers fixed broken windows and replaced missing roof tiles. They replastered walls and ceilings and flattened warped wooden floors. Original craftsmen, such as light fixture designer Frederick Baker, returned to help.

On June 4, 1965, a restored Pittock Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum.

Had the cruel Columbus Day Storm not threatened Pittock Mansion’s presence, the house may have sat vacant and forgotten for many more years. The carnage of the storm set off a chain reaction, threatening this piece of Portland history and then emboldening Portland’s citizens to stand together and preserve Pittock Mansion.

Architectural Analysis Leads to Unexpected Discovery

August 3, 2015

We just found out something new about 100-year-old Pittock Mansion!

Recently Pittock Mansion commissioned Architectural Resources Group, LLC (ARG) to conduct a detailed survey of the mansion’s current preservation needs and priorities. From tile roof to basement, ARG’s specialists gathered information on the current state of the structure. ARG explored the mansion’s many crawlspaces, utility rooms, and the expansive attic. Some investigations required controlled removal of sections of pipe or cuts into the walls to gather information.

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A window into the unexpected discovery has been left in the Kitchen.

Historic documentation about the construction of Pittock Mansion is incomplete. Ambiguity in original building plans led us to believe that nearly 2-foot-thick concrete walls support the home’s sandstone veneer.

ARG’s probes discovered otherwise. The mansion’s basement level is indeed constructed of concrete, but the exterior walls of the top 3 levels are brick masonry – a secret the mansion has kept for a century!

This discovery affects the preservation recommendations ARG will make. ARG’s full report will be completed and presented to the Board in September.

As a window into this unexpected find, a test hole showing the brick and tile wall interior, has been left open in the Kitchen to educate visitors about the many surprises and challenges of historic preservation.

Preserving Pittock Mansion’s Future

June 21, 2015
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ARG using ground penetrating radar to survey vertical rebar in the walls.

There is always something that needs work in a 100 year old house, and Pittock Mansion is no exception.

Several of the mansion’s issues have been fixed in recent years. In 2009, the City of Portland corrected a structural failure that caused cracks in the marble threshold at the french doors and installed external copper downspouts to channel water away from the exterior’s sandstone. In 2013, we partnered with the City to restore the terraces and their balusters to stop water entry into the mansion and maintain the terraces’ structural integrity and original beauty.

To gain a complete understanding of Pittock Mansion’s restoration needs today, the Pittock Mansion Society Board hired Architectural Resources Group, LLC (ARG) to conduct a current assessment of issues and needs.

ARG began their roof to basement survey in April, exploring the mansion’s many crawlspaces, utility rooms, and the expansive attic. Some investigations require controlled removal of sections of pipe or cuts into the walls to obtain necessary data. ARG is probing in unobtrusive spots and skillfully repairing any cuts.

Estimated to be completed by July, the final report will identify threats to the structure, treatment recommendations, preliminary cost estimates, and a suggested order of repairs. This document will be invaluable to the Pittock Mansion Society Board and the City when seeking funding and making long-term preservation plans.



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July – Sept. 7 10 – 5PM Daily
Sept. 8 – Jan. 2 11 – 4PM Daily
Nov. 20 – 22 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
Jan. 3 – 31 CLOSED



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Adults $11.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Youth (ages 6–18) $8.00
Children under 6 FREE

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