Pittock Mansion – Portland Oregon

Following last weeks post of architectural elements, I’m staying with the subject matter this week, but in photography. I was going back through some older files this week working on another project and that led me to a number of photoshoots I did in 2009. I resurfaced these particular captures and realized I had never done anything with them. For someone who especially loves historic architectural elements, I surprised myself. I’ll have to work on that, but for now I wanted to share a few of the shots I took of Pittock Mansion in Portland Oregon. I love the history behind this property and encourage you to check out this link (History – Pittock Mansion) or the links under each of the captures for the fascinating history behind the building of the mansion and the history of it to present day. The property sits on top of a hill overlooking downtown Portland and the Willamette River. On a clear day the view also affords you a centered shot of Mt. Hood in the distance.

We’ll start with a shot of approaching the front of the house via a circular type driveway.

Pittock Mansion 1

Approaching up the driveway to the left….

Pittock Mansion 2

Now the front entrance to the mansion….

Pittock Mansion 3

Next I’m taking you to the very back side of the house. It’s important to note that the backside faces the incredible view as I described above and did I take any shots of that awesome view. Heck no, I was too focused on the mansion and kept shooting different angles as I moseyed around the entire structure. Ugh!! That said, on the web site they did have pictures of the view.

Pittock Mansion 4

As we were leaving the property I did take this final shot highlighting the beauty of the landscaping with flowers.

Pittock Mansion 5


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34 thoughts on “Pittock Mansion – Portland Oregon

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The entire estate is stunning and I’m so glad it was refurbished back to its original glory. The setting is perfect!! Thanks for stopping by Brad…have a great week!

  1. Dan Antion

    That’s a wonderful looking building. Kirt. I love the dormers, the eyebrow window and the oval dormers. I know how hard those are to shingle around, I can’t imaging working them into a tile roof.

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    Beautiful photos of the mansion, Kirt. I based one of my books there and had a private tour of the interior. What an interesting history and beautiful place. It’s amazing to think that it almost fell into ruin. My favorite pic is #5 with those vines and flowers. Now I want to go there again!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      it made me want to revisit it also. I thought about you when I did the post…..didn’t know you had based one of your books there. Small world!! I also was blown away on how close it came to ruin. Such incredible architecture. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      As you know, these types of homes are more prevalent on the east coast, but not so much here on the west coast. It is a beautiful structure. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diane. I certainly wouldn’t know what to do with a house that has that much space, but I have a high appreciation for all of the architectural details!! Thanks for stopping by…have a great week!!

  3. Canuck Carl

    The architecture and craftsmanship is so evident through your photos, Kirt. What a gorgeous mansion and property. I enjoyed reading the history link you shared. So cool that Henry Pittock was a bicycle enthusiast. Which was fascinating, in that he invested in railroads and steamboats as part of his investments. And so amazing he was one of the earliest parties to climb Mt. Hood. That wood have been quite the adventure without the technical gear we have these days. 😀

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Carl. Glad you enjoyed the history behind the mansion. I’m thankful the mansion and grounds have been brought back and kept to their original glory! Hope all is well with you and your family!!

      1. Canuck Carl

        You are very welcome, Kirt. It is really nice to see the excellent condition of everything. We are all keeping well here. Hoping the same with yourself! 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Gill! I think it’s so important to preserve historical buildings like this. But in all honesty, can you ever imagine being a resident of such a mansion? I can’t……have a great week!

  4. denisebushphoto

    I love historic architecture too and miss it here in Colorado. Back East there were numerous estates that you could tour. This is a beauty and I am fully expecting you to try one of your painterly techniques on these images at some point! 😉

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Denise. I agree, there is so much more of this in the east vs. what we have here in the west. That’s one reason I was so impressed with this estate and the setting was stunning sitting up in a hill above downtown. Thanks for stopping by and I heard the challenge…..hadn’t thought about it, but now I will have to:)


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