Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion

name = Pittock Mansion
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location = Portland, Oregon
nearest_city =
lat_degrees = 45
lat_minutes = 31
lat_seconds = 30
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 42
long_seconds = 59
long_direction = W
area =
built = 1909
architect = Edward T. Foulkes
architecture = Italianate, Renaissance
added = November 21, 1974
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
refnum = 73001582
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governing_body = City of Portland

The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon originally built as a private home for "The Oregonian" publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. It is a 22 room estate situated on 46 acres that is now owned by the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation and open for touring. [cite web | last = Hall | first =Christopher | title = Estate of the Art | publisher = Via Magazine | date = November, 2004 | url = http://www.viamagazine.com/top_stories/articles/portland_pittockmansion.asp | accessdate = 2006-11-22] In addition, the grounds provide panoramic views of Downtown Portland.

The home was at the center of a political scandal in 1911 when Portland City Council member, Will H. Daly, brought public attention to Pittock having arranged for a water line to the construction project entirely at city expense, despite it being located a half mile outside of the city limits at the time. The incident resulted in a longstanding feud between Pittock's paper and Daly which ultimately led to the end of the councilman's political career.cite news | last = Terry | first = John | coauthors = citing Robert D. Johnston, "Oregon Historical Quarterly," Fall, 1998| title = Oregon's Trails: Important labor leader fails to garner credit he's due | work = The Oregonian | publisher = Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Publishing | date = July 24, 2005 | pages = A21 | format = Newspaper]

Georgiana, one of the founders of the Portland Rose Festival, died in 1918 at the age of 72, and Henry in 1919 at 84. The Pittock family remained in residence at the mansion until 1958, when Peter Gantenbein, a Pittock grandson who had been born in the house, put the estate on the market and was unsuccessful in selling it. Extensive damage caused by the Columbus Day Storm in 1962 caused the owners to consider demolishing the building. The community raised $75,000 in three months in order to help the city purchase the property. [cite web | first = Anna | last = Johns | title = Pittock seeks new funding source | publisher = Portland Tribune | date = July 15, 2005 | url = http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=30862 | accessdate = 2006-11-22] Seeing this popular support, and agreeing that the house had tremendous value as a unique historic resource, the City of Portland purchased the estate in 1964 for $225,000.

Fifteen months were spent restoring it. The mansion opened to the public in 1965, and has been a community landmark ever since. Roughly 80,000 people visit the Pittock Mansion each year. [cite web | title = State of the Parks: 2020 Vision | publisher = City of Portland Parks Department | url = http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=89433 | accessdate = 2006-11-22]

Due to the location of the site convert|1000|ft|m above sea level, the mansion is one of the best places for birdwatching in Portland. [cite book | title = Wild in the City | first = Michael C. | last = Houck | coauthors = Cody, M.J. | publisher = Oregon Historical Society | date = 2000 | pages = 116 | id = ISBN 0-87595-273-9 ]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. [cite web | title = Oregon - Multnomah County | publisher = National Register of Historic Places | url = http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/OR/Multnomah/state8.html | accessdate = 2006-11-22]

The City of Portland estimates that $6-8 million worth of restorations are needed. [cite web | title = Pittock Mansion slowly changes hands | first = Anna | last = Johns | publisher = Portland Tribune | date = October 9, 2006 | url = http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=116042909276510000 | accessdate = 2006-11-22]

This location was used in the 1989 movie, "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy" starring Sela Ward and Morgan Fairchild.This location was also used prominently in the 1993 film "Body of Evidence" starring Madonna and Willem Dafoe.


External links

* [http://www.pittockmansion.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.bartking.net/bartking/pdxarchome.html An Architectural Guidebook to Portland]

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