Portland, Oregon – One of Portland’s most famous homes turns 100 years old tomorrow. The Pittock Mansion was built in the West Hills in 1914 by Henry Pittock, publisher of The Oregonian newspaper. It’s a museum now and plans a centennial celebration at 10:45 tomorrow morning. There will be free admission tomorrow and continuing through the 10th of February.
23 rooms of the four floor, 16,000 square foot mansion are on display. It’s been the back drop for thousands of photo shoots and has been in the movies and on TV. It was featured in the movie, Body Of Evidence starring Madonna and its gate lodge appeared on the TV show, Grimm.
The Pittock family lived in the house until 1958. It was damaged by the 1962 Columbus Day storm and that led to an effort by supporters and the city to save it.
Pittock Mansion Society marketing director Angie Allee says the city maintains the building and the Society does the upkeep on the artifacts and collections. “Just recently we had to do fundraising to have the terraces restored. They were leaking into the mansion. It cost about $1.3 million dollars to fix them. And they just finished the repairs in time for the centennial.”