Pittock Mansion has lovely gardens, antiques, and shares a piece of Portland history. However it isn’t the most amazing mansion. While it is lavish, it isn’t as awing as Casa Batllo in Barcelona or some of the houses I’ve seen in Beverly Hills.
It does show how people lived back in Victorian times. So basically, don’t expect your jaw to drop but it’s worth a visit. There aren’t that many attractions in Portland this is one of the very few things to see in Portland other than the museums and craft beer.
The house was built in 1910 and rumors of Henry’s ghost lurking in the halls are blogged about frequently. Henry and Georgina were impressive people that came from poor upbringings and managed to create a beautiful life for themselves, children and orphaned nieces. When Henry and Georgina died, their children were unable to sustain themselves. They sold their items one by one until the house was empty then sold the land and house to the state of Oregon. The state of Oregon and private citizens revitalized the house and even donated the antiques to fill it up and breath life into its frame.
The views of the city are breathtaking. Then there’s the cute gardens lining the house. Most notable is the way the house gives us a vague understanding of Victorian life. I’d give this attraction a 3 out of 5. If you have time to kill do it if not I wouldn’t put it as a must-see.