How Portlanders Saved Pittock Mansion from Developers

April 4, 2017

PARC members collect donations for Pittock Mansion in exchange for free haircuts. Published in the Portland Journal, 1964.

Rose Festival princess Gail Weyand waves a booster sign to show her support for Pittock Mansion at the antique car parade fundraiser. Published in the Portland Reporter March 25, 1964.

In 1964, demolition threatened Pittock Mansion. The mansion, empty and damaged from the 1962 Columbus Day Storm, caught the interest of developers planning to turn the site into a subdivision. After public outcry, The City of Portland agreed to buy the property and turn it into a park if citizens could prove widespread public support by raising $100,000 of the $225,000 price tag in 30 days.

Volunteers formed the Pittock Acres Retention Committee (PARC) to head fundraising efforts. Organized into women’s and men’s divisions, the women of PARC solicited neighborhood groups and the men solicited local businesses for support.

PARC organized many publicity events and fundraisers, including a parade of historic automobiles, a car wash, an afternoon tea at Pittock Mansion that served 5,000 visitors tea in paper cups, and a last-minute “Eleventh Hour Dance” at the Multnomah Hotel.

Contributions ranged from a few cents to $1,000. Despite PARC’s efforts, they raised just $67,510 of the $100,000 goal by deadline. Still determined to save Pittock Mansion, PARC convinced the city council of the merits of adding Pittock Acres to complete a chain of park land in the West Hills from Forest Park to Washington Park. On April 22, 1964, the city council voted to complete the purchase.

After 13 months of restoration, Pittock Mansion opened to the public. Thank you to the Portland community for their support in 1964 and today!

See more photo of the fundraising efforts in 1964 on our Facebook page.

Explore early Oregon through Kate Pittock’s eyes

January 3, 2017

Kate Pittock Hebard, Henry and Georgiana’s daughter who lived in Pittock Mansion, took a series of snapshots of Oregon life for her cousin back East, Jennie Priscilla Pittock.

Below are just a few of Kate’s photos, head to our Facebook page to see them all!

Hotel Portland

Chinese Actor

Wreck of The Regulator at the Cascades


See more of Kate’s early Oregon photos on Facebook

Membership improvements on the way!

December 28, 2016

Pittock Mansion continues to thrive today thanks to the support and generosity of people like you. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our membership survey!

We appreciate the overwhelming response to our membership satisfaction survey. We heard from almost half of you – thank you!

The average respondent has been a member for 3-5 years.  You told us that the newsletter is an important piece of communication, so we will continue to strengthen its content to keep you in-the-know about all things Pittock. We also heard many encouraging words like “keep doing what you are doing,” and great suggestions like “more social events, please.” In the coming years, we will include more social events as we implement our new strategic plan.

In light of the survey results, I have some changes to the membership program for 2017 to share:

  • Rate Changes—there will be an increase in price for three of our membership categories. The new rates will be:
    • Individual $40
    • Dual $65
    • Family $80
  • Benefit changes—we will add the following benefits:
    • 2 special shopping opportunities in the museum store exclusively for members that will double your discount to 20%.
    • 2 additional admission passes with each renewing or new membership.

These changes will take place as of February 1, 2017 and will go into effect when you renew your membership or when a new membership is purchased.

Thank you for your continued support; with your help we will make sure Pittock Mansion remains a vital part of the community for another 100 years.


Marta E. Bones
Executive Director

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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.


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