Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pittock Mansion Tour – Part Three

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Up the Grand Staircase – to the first landing – turning around to look back!PC044722

And then – looking up toward the bedrooms on the second floor.

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At the top there is so much beauty to see. A guest room is ready for holiday visitors.

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An ornate, silver pitcher and bowl wait on the wash stand. (It was very heavy!)

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The guest room includes a ‘sleeping porch’ for hot, summer nights. What a great idea!

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The view from the guest room, overlooking downtown Portland and the Cascade Mountains in the distance. Oh, how I had hoped for a clear day!

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Another bedroom is ready for guests.

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Garlands of green and cones and touches of copper fill this room.

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The tree is filled with ornaments, dried flowers, copper ‘mesh’ ribbon and – my favorite – lots of old keys hung with pretty, little tassels.

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Even the granite top of the big dresser is decorated for the season.

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Green and copper ribbons crisscross the marble top of the dresser to coordinate with the room decor.

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Mr. Pittock’s room was a bit more subdued – with a more masculine look, of course. See his monogram on the pillow?

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Mr. Pittock owned The Oregonian newspaper – Oregon’s main newspaper, still published daily – and he was a member of the first party to climb Mount Hood. I was intrigued to learn that he arrived in Oregon barefoot and penniless yet went on to build wealth and fame in several industries.

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The stockings – his. . .

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And hers - were hung by the chimney with care.

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His dressing room appeared to be ready for his next event.

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And the master bathroom was like a dream come true!

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The shower was an innovation for the time. . .

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And the tub was filled with ‘bubbles’ – ready for a bath! A bubble bath with a view -oh, my!

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Mrs. Pittock was known for her generous heart, shown by her support and work on behalf of single, working mothers and a well-known children’s home. Her room reflected the Ladies’ Sewing Circle she established to make clothing for the children and her love for the finer things of life.

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The tree in her room had ornaments made of spools of thread.

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Georgiana’s bathroom was the cutest place! Because of her work with a well-known, local home for children the decorators chose to ‘play up’ that part of her life. Babies frolicking in a tub of ‘bubbles’ (made of fiberfill batting and clear and frosted glass ornaments) made us laugh. The room was filled with old children’s clothing and memorabilia from the local Nursing School.

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I would love to have a dressing room!

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Across the hall, the nursery was filled with sweet toys and little furniture and things to capture the heart of a child.

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In the window, the 'Old Year' was quietly preparing to slip away. . .

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To make way for the ‘New Year’.

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Another bedroom and attached sleeping porch completed the tour of upstairs bedrooms. This room was occupied by the Pittocks’ niece and her husband. A peek into the sleeping porch. . .

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And some of the decorations there.

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There’s more to share – I can't wait to show it to you. Next, a peek at Mrs. Pittock’s Sewing Room . . . and then a collage of bits and pieces from this fantastic, old home before we leave this gorgeous mansion high atop the west hills of Portland, Oregon.

4 comments:

  1. Oh how beautiful! What great pictures you took and looks like a great day!

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  2. Adrienne, I just have to tell you again how much I have enjoyed this tour. The home is gorgeous, and I loved learning all about it.

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  3. What a beautiful tour, still, I think I prefer my little warm cottage:>) Merry Christmas to you Adrienne. God bless you this coming week of Christmas!

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  4. Loved the mansion tours. Great that you were able to take photos inside. Not sure about the dolls in the bath though!!

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