The Pittock Mansion dolled up for holidays

39 decorated Christmas trees inside Pittock Mansion this season

Inside the Pittock Mansion during the holidays, December 2016 (KOIN)
Inside the Pittock Mansion during the holidays, December 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 100 years ago, Henry Pittock built a 23-room mansion for his extended family. More than 50 years ago, the 16,000-square foot house was purchased by the city of Portland and opened to visitors.

And this year, more than 70 volunteers dedicated many hours to make each room shine for the visitors, showcasing the house with spectacular views of Mount Hood and the city of Portland.

There are 39 decorated Christmas trees inside the Pittock Mansion this season.

Each room has its own theme and every afternoon musicians will play in the music room each day through Christmas.

About the mansion

Henry Pittock was an Englishman who came across the country on the Oregon Trail in the 1850s to seek his fortune. His wife, Georgiana, was from Missouri.

Henry and Georgiana built their mansion toward the end of their lives, in 1914. They both died a few years later. Their family lived in the house until 1958, then put it on the market.

It was slated for demolition after it received damage in the 1962 Columbus Day Storm, but concerned residents raised enough money to buy the mansion for the city in 1964. It’s now a museum which gets about 90,000 visitors a year.