Recent NewsMay 15, 2013
As Portland’s premier historic house museum turns 100 in 2014, we celebrate the history, culture and visual splendor that make Pittock Mansion a treasured landmark.
The Centennial celebration is an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate the Mansion’s history and plan its future. A council of community leaders who are passionate about Pittock Mansion and its role in preserving and sharing Portland history are providing advice, counsel, and assistance in advocacy, networking, and fundraising in preparation for and during the Centennial year. The Centennial Council members are already helping connect us to resources that will further the Mansion’s efforts to thrive for the next 100 years.
The Centennial celebration for Pittock Mansion in 2014 will be an occasion to celebrate both the history of a beloved landmark and the generosity of our current generation of investors who will leave a well-cared-for Pittock Mansion to future citizens and visitors for many decades to come.
Pittock Mansion Centennial Council Members
Charles A. (Tony) Adams – Henry Pittock Descendant
Peter Adams - Henry Pittock Descendant
Chris Anderson – The Oregonian, President and Publisher
John Bradley - R&H Construction, Chief Executive Officer
Duncan Campbell - The Campbell Group, Founder; Friends of the Children, Founder
Mike Donahue - retired KOIN-TV News Anchor
Bart Eberwein – Hoffman Construction, Executive Vice President
Nick Fish - City of Portland, Parks Commissioner
Gerry Frank - Oregon’s Premier Citizen
Gary Maffei - retired Vice President of Merlo Corporation and Foundation
Cyndy Maletis - Community Volunteer
Mike McMenamin – Co-owner, McMenamins
Mary Oberst – former Oregon First Lady; State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, Member
Zari Santner - former Portland Parks & Recreation Director
Bob Scanlan- ScanlanKemperBard Companies, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Sorenson – RBC Wealth Management, Senior Managing Director
Bob Speltz - Standard Insurance, Director Public Affairs
Julie Neupert Stott – Neupert Interior Designs, Owner and Interior Designer
Kerry Tymchuk - Oregon Historical Society, Executive Director
Julie Vigeland – Oregon Arts Commission, Chair
John von Schlegell - Endeavour Capital, Managing Director
Ted Wheeler – Oregon State Treasurer
After almost 100 years, Pittock Mansion needs crucial repairs and upgrades. While its sheltered west side presents a majestic face, its east side reveals damage from a century of wind and rain. Its most urgent preservation need is restoring the four terraces to stop water intrusion into the Mansion and address risks to public safety.
The Mansion’s Preservation Committee has worked diligently with PP&R staff to plan the project for a couple years, as the design team investigated the needs and challenges and created construction documents.
Currently, three of the Mansion’s four terraces leak or seep water, and none of the terraces drain properly. Each will need a new drainage strategy to ensure effective waterproofing for the long-term. Ensuring that the connections between the balusters in the railings and existing terrace gutters are sound will be a crucial and complex process. Though there are other seismic concerns at the Mansion, because the balusters and railings will be removed during construction, they will be repaired, as well as seismically-anchored to provide stability when people lean or sit on the railing and during a possible seismic event, which is critical for a public facility.
Construction will begin in the summer of 2013, and with the remaining funds secured, Pittock Mansion Society expects all four terraces to be repaired by October 2013, in time for the beginning of Pittock Mansion’s Centennial celebrations.
Drew Carney from KGW’s Newschannel 8 at Sunrise Featured Pittock Mansion’s Celebrating Christmas Carols Exhibit on December 11December 12, 2012
Pittock Mansion welcomed Drew Carney from KGW’s Newschannel 8 at Sunrise on December 11 to this year’s Christmas exhibit, “Celebrating Christmas Carols,” which has the Mansion’s 23 rooms, hallways, and grand staircase filled with imaginative scenes from favorite holiday songs.
Sporting a 1914-style frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat, Carney introduced community musicians who perform at the Mansion during the holidays, including Cleveland High School’s female a capella group, High Altotudes, and Portland’s male a capella group, The Portland Timbre, who even provided a quick singing lesson.
October 18, 2012
Here’s a wonderful article about Pittock Mansion’s remarkable tale of perseverance and preservation, and how Portlanders “saved a monument and a fascinating look at life of the rich and famous of an earlier era.”October 17, 2012
Thanks to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for including Pittock Mansion in their amusing article about Portland, Puttin’ on the Portlandia, Portland’s Laidback Style.