August 15, 2014
Last night, Nick was pleased to join Executive Director Marta Bones, former Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst, and community members to celebrate the 100th birthday of Pittock Mansion.
High on the west hills, the mansion was built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. Henry’s wife Georgiana was a founding member of the Portland Rose Festival, which just celebrated its 107th year.
50 years ago, Portlanders rallied to save Pittock Mansion, which had fallen into disrepair. Pittock is now owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.
In 2012, the City committed more than $500,000 in System Development Charge funds to help renovate the historic structure. Thanks to Marta Bones’s leadership, and additional funding from the Pittock Mansion Society and private funders, the iconic terraces around the building are now in shape to welcome visitors for the next 100 years.
Nick was proud to sit on Pittock’s Centennial Council, working with other community leaders to ensure a celebration worthy of Portland’s best-known home.
Learn more about Pittock Mansion, and plan your next visit, by visiting their website.