Call for Art

October 12, 2016

Joyride: Northwest Art Inspired by Bicycling
Prospectus & Call for Entries for a Juried Art Exhibit at Pittock Mansion

The exhibit opens at Pittock Mansion on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and runs through Sunday, July 9, 2017, and will feature 2- and 3-dimensional artworks, including multimedia and performance works.


Oregonians have long embraced bicycling.  It fits our active lifestyles, and provides opportunities to explore towns, cities, and the state’s natural scenery. From the early days of single-gear bicycles and solid tires to the latest in high-tech equipment, Oregonians have been hitting the road and trail on two wheels. Bicycling provides us with a source of pleasure and a mode of transport. The purpose of this exhibit is to explore the role and use of the bicycle in Oregon through paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and multimedia art.


Artists may submit up to five works to this juried exhibit with the understanding that not all may be accepted. There is a $10 fee per registration (a registration includes up to five works of art). Separate, unconnected pieces may not be entered as one unit. Works must relate to the above-stated theme. Work must be original in concept and executed by the artist.


Wall art must be adequately framed, wired, and ready for hanging, and should be no larger than 56” high and 60” wide. Required details include: wire in good condition, and flat D-rings used on frames. No work will be accepted with screw-in eye hooks or metal tooth hangers. 3-dimensional pieces, multi-media pieces, and performance art pieces are also encouraged. There are no specific size restrictions, but the limited exhibit space available may affect acceptance. Pittock Mansion staff will determine locations of art within the house.


Prizes for 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($75), and 3rd place ($50), as determined by jurors, will be awarded.


Work must be FOR SALE and priced with intent to sell, 50% to the artist, 50% commission to Pittock Mansion.  Payment to the artist for any sold works will be made within 30 days after the close of the show.


To enter, fill out and mail a completed entry form. Submissions must be color photos of artwork, either prints of photos or digital copies on CD. Digital image files must be 300 dpi JPEG (.jpg) files, no larger than seven inches in the longest dimension. Submissions of multimedia and performance works must be documented with audio/video files, and in the following file formats: Windows audio or video files (.avi or .wav) or MP3 (.mp3). Multimedia and performance art entries must also include a brief written description of the piece, and any technical/equipment requirements with specifics on installation/de-installation. Submission forms are available online at

Submissions must be physically mailed or delivered to Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR, 97210 – no email submissions, please. Submissions must be received by December 15, 2016. Include the registration fee with the submission materials. Make checks payable to Pittock Mansion. Submission materials will not be returned.

Artists will be responsible for the delivery of accepted works, with date and time to be determined between the artist and Pittock Mansion after acceptance. All unsold works must be removed promptly at the end of the show. Items not picked up within 30 days after the close of the show will become property of Pittock Mansion.

Questions? Please contact Patti Larkin at 503-823-3619 or

See Damage at Pittock Mansion after the 1962 Columbus Day Storm

September 27, 2016

By the time the 1962 Columbus Day Storm hit Portland, Pittock Mansion had been vacant for several years. The unoccupied mansion suffered extensive damage during the storm; high winds blew off one-third of the ceramic roof tiles, windows were shattered, and giant Douglas Fir trees were toppled 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.

See below for photos of the damage taken in 1964.



The storm toppled giant Douglas Fir trees across the estate.



Water entered through broken windows and missing roof tiles, staining the Music Room’s wallpaper and wood floors.



Pittock Mansion was open to the elements for 2 years; water was pooled on the marble floors.



Decorative plaster in the Grand Staircase was badly damaged.



A pan caught leaks on the 2nd floor landing.



The West Bedroom suffered extensive water damage on the ceiling.

New Strategic Plan Adopted

September 27, 2016

Planning is key to Pittock Mansion’s future.


Daniel Bergsvik
Board President

Hello Pittock Mansion Society members. My name is Daniel Bergsvik, and I’m the new president of the Pittock Mansion Society Board of Directors. This is the beginning of my third year with the board, and I’ve been a member/donor/volunteer at Pittock Mansion since 2007.

In 2009, the Pittock Mansion Society Board unveiled a strategic plan for 2010-2013 that focused on the visitor experience. Many of those goals have been met, and as circumstances change a fresh look forward is needed. Beginning last fall, your current board and senior staff spent many hours in planning sessions to set priorities for the Pittock. This new strategic plan for 2017-2020 provides a guide for future activities by staff, board, and volunteers to preserve, protect, and enhance Pittock Mansion Museum.


Our new strategic plan has five goals:


1. Deepen visitor engagement and enrich the visitor experience while maintaining strong annual visitation.

Pittock Mansion has experienced record attendance this year. We are in an enviable position compared to most historic house museums and seek to build on our good fortune. We will expand the museum’s programming, improve the garage as a visitor center, and enhance the museum store.

2. Maintain our collections to professional museum standards.

Items in our collection are well cared for and conserved, however, we need improved records of the mansion’s key artifacts in case of catastrophe. In addition, we have discussed sharing information online about collection items and creating a “virtual tour” of Pittock photos and documents.

3. Maintain the physical plant to professional standards of historic preservation.

This goal encompasses many parts. We now know that the mansion would be vulnerable in an earthquake. We need to be prepared for that, not just with planning and safety training, but also by retrofitting the mansion to survive an earthquake.

Behind the scenes, Pittock staff face many challenges due to space constraints. As visitation increases, staff size needs to as well, but the mansion’s office spaces are limited. Our technology infrastructure cannot handle the current needs of visitors and staff, much less the additional use of technology to expand visitor offerings through an app and online content. Also, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the need for on-site parking exceeds capacity during the summer and holiday seasons. We are now working with the city to improve technology, parking, and visitor access.

4. Provide the financial and human resources necessary to maintain and enhance organizational capacity and to implement the strategic plan.

All of these great plans and ideas require funding and manpower. We need to increase donations, promote a planned giving program, and pursue corporate sponsorship and grants. At the same time, we need to recognize that increased visitation and programs put pressure on staff and volunteers. We must ensure our staff and volunteers are motivated, rewarded, and supported.

5. Maintain exemplary governance, administrative practices, and capacity to achieve our strategic goals.

Talk is cheap. For the plan to succeed the board must be engaged, involved, and ensure that staff and volunteer resources are sufficient to achieve our goals. We all must be financially responsible and prudent.


So, there you have it, our goals for Pittock Mansion for the next four years and beyond. Some will be easy to achieve, others may prove more challenging. No matter what, we’ll make the Pittock and the society stronger and better positioned for the future.

Your support, in whatever capacity, is vital to our continued success. As a member, donor, or volunteer (or perhaps all three?) you are crucial to the health of Pittock Mansion. I thank you, sincerely, and look forward to seeing you at the mansion soon!


Strategic Plan in Action

We have begun taking steps towards realizing the new strategic plan, including:
– Increasing staff capacity in Visitor Services to assist visitors and keep up with higher visitation
– Repurposing the previously-unused 2nd floor of the garage for additional office space
– Meeting with Parks staff to discuss parking solutions for summer 2017

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




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



Members FREE
Adults $10.00*
Seniors (65+) $9.00*
Youth (ages 6–18) $7.00*
Children under 6 FREE
*Admission increases $1 during Christmas exhibit

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