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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

Thoughts?

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Heritage Hill – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

The holidays were filled with travel, family and friends. The warmth we experienced meeting our middle daughter’s new in-laws, was incredible and that experience led to the attached shots. So, let me back up just a bit. With three adult daughters and two of them married and our third (our youngest) in a serious relationship heading in that direction, we rotate Christmas. Every other year we host all of them and the off years, they spend with their significant others family. I’m sure this will change again whenever grand children arrive, but for now, that’s what we do. This was the “off” year and all three spent Christmas with their in-laws or soon to be in-laws. Our middle daughter and her husband hosted us to a Christmas in Michigan to meet the members of his family that we had not met. They rented this charming Victorian house in an area called Heritage Hill just two blocks from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The entire area is vibrant with growth and restoration of homes found throughout the neighborhood. After our arrival, I went for a walk and couldn’t stop taking shots of these houses. I appreciate architecture, especially the architecture found in older large homes you typically see in many Midwestern and Eastern towns, here in the US. I have attached 10 of my favorites:


This first shot is typical of the size of homes in the area.

Heritage Hill 1

Heritage Hill 1


 

 

The second capture is another large rambling structure. I love the detail in the trim. This particular house has been split up into multiple rental units as are about 50 % of these large old homes.

Heritage Hill 2

Heritage Hill 2


 

Picture three was a shot that typified the look and feel of the neighborhood. I can only image how beautiful this setting is in the spring, summer and fall.

Heritage Hill 3

Heritage Hill 3


 

Shot number four reminds me of the large rambling house I grew up in as a small child when we lived in a small farm town in Iowa.

Heritage Hill 4

Heritage Hill 4


 

Capture number five looks like a small castle. The detail work with the rock (and I am assuming local stone) is incredible.

Heritage Hill 5

Heritage Hill 5


 

Picture number 6 is the first of three for this house. I was able to get to multiple sides of the home for a complete look at the architecture of this structure. This is actually the side of the home, where a carriage would pull up to disembark passengers.

Heritage Hill 6

Heritage Hill 6


 

This shot shows the front of the house from the street…

Heritage Hill 7

Heritage Hill 7


 

And the last capture shows the opposite side of the home from the carriage porch of picture number 6. Rather large estate…

Heritage Hill 8

Heritage Hill 8


 

Picture number nine and ten are of a house that has been restored and turned into a museum. It is located a couple of homes away from the last series. I love the wrap around porch and you can see the old carriage house in the background. This particular street was obviously a very prominent and wealthy street in it’s day.

Heritage Hill 9

Heritage Hill 9


 

Shot number ten shows the wrap around porch and massive chimneys.

Heritage Hill 10

Heritage Hill 10


 

So much of this history and architecture has been destroyed in the name of progress across the country and I was happy to see a city embrace the heritage and encourage new growth in this area. Since it is within walking distance to downtown, it is very active with young adults and families allowing close access to work and the many restaurants and shops located there. Thoughts?

(The neighborhood also has a Frank Loyd Wright house, which I will share in a future post.)

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