Saturday, October 2, 2010

Washington Park, Part 1 - The Pittock Mansion

We spent most of today in Washington Park high in the hills overlooking Portland. Our first stop was the Pittock Mansion almost 1,000 feet above sea level. This French Renaissance mansion was build in 1914 by the founder of The Oregonian newspaper. It featured such modern conveniences as multiple shower heads in the bathrooms and a build-in vacuum system. There are great views of downtown Portland, and on a clear day, Mt. Hood. It was clear in town, but clouds obscured Mt. Hood. The interior was lovely, furnished in the style of the era in which it was built. The grounds were nicely landscaped with small gardens intermixed with grassy areas.

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