A few hours per month
3229 NW Pittock Dr.
Interested in history and sharing one of Portland's premier attractions? Pittock Mansion is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors in the Mansion. Long-term, short-term, and holiday season volunteers are welcome.
Mansion Host Description: Mansion Hosts sit in or circulate through the Mansion, greet visitors, and answer questions about the Mansion for the visitors. Volunteers will use the Guide's Guide and Gate Lodge Families documents as a reference. Mansion Hosts also assist visitors in operating the original Otis elevator.
Impact: Mansion and Gate Lodge hosts actively support the Mansion’s mission to inspire understanding and stewardship to Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.
Training: All volunteers must submit a volunteer application, complete a background check consent form, and attend a 2-training.
Commitment: Pittock Mansion is open February-December, 7-days a week, from 10am-4pm during the Spring & Fall, and 10am-5pm during the Summer. We ask volunteer to arrive between 10am-12pm and stay for a 4-hour shift. There isn’t a maximum or a minimum number of shifts a volunteer must sign up for—schedules are flexible.
History of the Mansion and Pittock Family: Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 for one of the Oregon’s most influential families, and it’s filled with rich history and remarkable stories. The Mansion is known for its architectural and technological prowess—original Otis elevator, central vacuum cleaning system, dumbwaiter, and thermostat-controlled central heating.
In 1853, Henry Pittock arrived in Portland “barefooted and without a cent.” By 1860, Mr. Pittock had moved his way up as a typesetter to the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. Portland’s history is reflected in the unique lives of the Pittocks whose work, interests, and life stories still influence Portlanders today. Henry and Georgiana Pittock were activists, community builders, and lovers of the outdoors. Henry Pittock helped establish the Portland Rose Festival, the Mazamas climbing club, and the Oregon Riding Club. Georgiana Pittock was a gifted fundraiser for the Ladies Relief Society, Portland Women’s Union, and helped found the Portland Rose Society, holding the first rose show at her downtown home in 1889.
Note: All floors of Pittock Mansion are elevator accessible to those able to transfer to a manual/push wheelchair. The 1913 elevator cannot accommodate powered chairs or scooters, due to its size and weight limitations.
- Training Provided
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