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.

Pittock Mansion Seeks Development Manager

July 8, 2015

The Development Manager is responsible for the development activities of the organization including financial donations, individual and corporate membership, corporate events, grants and sponsorships. S/he will work collaboratively with Executive Director and other key staff to strategically plan for the future and establish and monitor annual objectives and indicators of success.

Reports to: Executive Director

Responsibilities include:

– Create and execute a development plan to support the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, including increased contributions and membership revenue.

– Cultivate positive relationships with Society members, current and potential supporters, and volunteers.

– Along with Development Committee and Executive Director, develop and implement relationship cultivation strategies with current and prospective supporters, including donor database management.

– Plan and conduct annual membership and donation campaigns, including annual fund drive, membership renewals, and membership drives.

– Plan and create donor appreciation events/activities.

– Manage financial donations and memberships including:

- Managing donor database.

- Recording and acknowledging memberships and donations.

- Handling correspondence and responding to inquiries.

- Coordinating evening events for Gold Level corporate members.

- Maintaining records of all temporarily restricted fund donations.

- Reconciling records in donor database with accounting staff and accounting records.

– Continuously evaluate the membership program and benefits offered to ensure that member interests and needs are satisfied and to determine where we can offer more value.

– Research potential funders, work with key staff to identify needs, find appropriate grant opportunities to support programs and initiatives, and apply for grants or coordinate grant applications with contract staff,

– Liaise with Development Committee and Committee Chair to facilitate the committee fulfilling its responsibilities effectively.

Skills required:

– 4-6 years professional non-profit development experience, including 3+ years running an annual fund campaign and 3+ years running a membership program.

– Demonstrated understanding of the changing nature of philanthropy and motivations for giving, research and cultivation practices, and standard fundraising techniques.

– Bachelor’s degree in related field.

– Exceptional organizational skills, including ability to coordinate multiple tasks, manage details and produce results in a fast-paced, changing environment.

– Ability to excel as the sole overseer of fundraising activities in a small shop environment.

– Ability to cultivate and sustain donor relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituents including donors, staff, volunteers, and Board.

– Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write and speak in a clear and compelling way to articulate the goals, mission and values of the museum.

– Passion for history, arts or culture.

– Professional demeanor, tact, diplomacy, discretion, good judgment, strong insight and instinct.

– Ability to maintain highly confidential information, both personal and professional.

– Proficient in DonorPerfect or other development technology and Microsoft Office.

– Ability to work weekends, holidays, and special events as necessary.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with candidate’s experience, in the range of $43,000 – $47,000.
Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, PTO, and a Simple IRA plan with Employer Match.

Please submit cover letter and résumé to No phone calls, please.


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.


50 Years in the Making

June 1, 2015
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Merlyn and Rob Lewis proudly holding the new Clown Prince scepter.

A love of craftsmanship and woodworking seem to run in Merlyn Lewis’s family. Merlyn helped restore Pittock Mansion 1964-65, and this year his grandson, Rob Lewis, worked with the Rose Festival to create the new Clown Prince scepter.

As a nod to Henry and Georgiana’s roles in forming the Rose Society and the Rose Festival, Rob used a piece of wood left over from Pittock Mansion’s restoration (see the blonde wood near Merlyn’s hand). Merlyn had the wood in his woodshop scrap pile for over 50 years before the scrap found its home in the new Clown Prince scepter.

KPTV anchor Laura Rillos-Wood met Merlyn and Rob at the mansion to preview the new Clown Prince scepter and interview Merlyn about his time working on the mansion over 50 years ago. As Merlyn and Laura toured the house, Merlyn shared memories of his experience working on the restoration.


Sneak a Peek at Pittock Mansion’s Permanent Exhibit Enhancements

March 2, 2015

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Has it been a while since you visited the Pittock?

It’s time for another visit! Our all-new interpretive exhibit panels, interactive elements, and multi-sensory features await you!

Visit our facebook page for a sneak peek at just some of the exciting new features.


Feb. – June 11 – 4PM Daily
July – Sept. 7 10 – 5PM Daily
Sept. 8 – Dec. 11 – 4PM Daily
Nov. 20 – 22 CLOSED
Nov. 26 CLOSED
Dec. 25 CLOSED
Jan. 2 – 31 CLOSED



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

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