There are a lot of things that people do not know about Portland, Oregon. One is that a lot of wine is also produced here and another is that there are a lot of spots where you can be one with Mother Nature. Just an hour outside the city and you will witness breathtaking views when you go for a hike or a walk.
A view from one of the places where people hike in Portland. (Link: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/oregon/articles/the-best-spots-for-hiking-in-around-portland-oregon/)
Speaking of the places outside the city, one of the most visited by thrill seekers is the Pittock Mansion. Allegedly, the former owners of the mansion are the ones haunting it. Are you interested to know more about them? If you are, continue reading below.
The Pittock Mansion. (Link: https://allthatsinteresting.com/pittock-mansion)
The History Of Pittock Mansion
The Pittock Mansion is now a public landmark because of the architectural design that it has. It was built sometime in 1914 as the private home of Henry Pittock, a publisher, and his wife, Georgina. Henry became one of the wealthiest men during his time as he invested in a lot of industries. He also loved the outdoors that is why it explains why he chose the spot where the Pittock Mansion was built. Georgina was also an active member of the society as she was involved in many organizations like Women’s Union and the Ladies Relief Society. She also helped with the foundation of the Martha Washington Thome and both the Portland Rose Society and the Portland Rose Festival.
Henry and Georgina Pittock in an undated photo. (Link: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/07/15/pittock-mansion-offers-free-shuttle-and-untold-stories-of-treasures/)
The mansion had 46 rooms and sits on 19 hectares of land. The view from there is amazing because you can see Downtown Portland. The building was modeled after Victorian and French Renaissance architecture that is why it is now open for tours so that people can experience and see for themselves how exquisite the details of the house are. The cabinets are oak-paneled, the floors are made of marble, it has an extravagant central staircase, and more.
One of the photos showing the inside of Pittock Mansion. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/229613280976367060/?lp=true)
The Pittock Mansion was all the more popular when it was first built because it featured a lot of luxuries. There was a central vacuum system, intercoms, and elevator, and a walk-in refrigerator. However, in 1911, the Pittocks were in the center of a controversy after a Portland City Council member named Will H. Daly brought to the attention of the public that Pittock arranged for a water line to the construction project at the expense of the city. The Pittock Mansion was then located at least half a mile outside the city limits. The controversy later passed but the couple did not enjoy their new home as much as they wanted to because years after it was completed, they passed away.
The staircase at the Pittock Mansion. (Link: http://pittockmansion.org/visit/mansion/)
Henry Pittock died at the age of 84 in 1919 while Georgina died a year earlier at the age of 72. The Pittock family remained at the mansion until 1958. Later, the house was up for selling but no one bought it because it was extensively damaged by the Columbus Day Storm in 1962. The community later raised a total of $75,000 so that the city could purchase the property. The City of Portland successfully purchased the estate by 1964.
The city then worked on some restorations for the Pittock Mansion for 15 months. It was opened again to the public by 1965. Accordingly, more than 80,000 people visit the Pittock Mansion annually. Aside from it being ghostly, it is also one of the best places in Oregon for birdwatching.
Visitors going in and outside the Pittock Mansion. (Link: https://aaslh.org/pittock-mansion-historic-house-museum-sees-record-breaking-attendance-of-100000-annual-visitors/)
The Pittocks Are Haunting the Pittock Mansion
Many people believe that the paranormal activities happening at the Pittock Mansion are due to the spirits of Henry and Georgina.
Some of the weird occurrences at the Pittock Mansion include windows shutting on its own and heavy footsteps heard around the mansion. Staff also claim that they have seen figures whenever they open the mansion in the mornings.
However, the most frequent and notable paranormal activities are attributed to Henry and Goergina. As for Henry, a portrait of him when he was a child is said to move from one place to another around the house.
As for Georgina, she reportedly makes her presence known by the scent of the roses. Allegedly, people smell the scent of roses in a room where no roses are. There aren’t even any located nearby. Georgina is seen more often than Henry. One visitor said she saw the reflection of a woman in one of the hanged paintings at the mansion. Some claimed an old woman accompanied them in the basement. One paranormal investigator also claimed that they were able to capture a friendly female voice saying “Hello!”
The ghosts of Henry and Georgina are not at all scary. Some believe that they are just happy welcoming guests to their home as they tour them around their restored mansion.
The Pittock Mansion As A Site For Many Movies, Shows
The Pittock Mansion is great for both horror-related movies or those who just want to film in a picturesque scene. That is why in the past years, many have already shot some scenes at the Pittock Mansion.
The first ever appearance of the mansion on film is in the 1977 flick called “First Love.” The first appearance of the Pittock Mansion in a horror film is in the 1982 flick called “Unhinged.” In 1989, it was also used in the movie “The Haunting of Sarah Hardy” and again in 1993 in “Body of Evidence.”
It was also used as the finish line for the 13th season of “The Amazing Race.”