Awesome architecture in NW Portland

Hello, dahlings! I’ve been meaning to share these photos of the wonderful architecture on St Andrews Catholic Church down in Portland where we did a photo shoot last week. But, I am having a super un-energetic week this week. Not sure if it’s due to the gray weather, me running out of flavored coffee creamer and choosing to drink tea instead of unflavored coffee (bleh!), or a total lack of sleep on Sunday night before having to get up early to be on set as an extra for the first day of filming for The Librarians, season 4. (Whoo!) I feel like I’ve been taking naps every day to catch up from that one night of terrible sleep. But it’s also been super gray and rainy out, and I know that affects my energy level a bit, too. Today, I’ve had my coffee and have been going all day! I know, the struggle is real peeps…

I’m sure there are a lot of other old churches around Portland with beautiful architecture. In fact, I know there are. I fully intend to visit more of them some day. But for now, this is the one I visited recently. All my¬†architecture lovers out there, this post is for you!

 

St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR
St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR

 

Ornate door
Ornate door

 

Quiet reflections
Quiet reflections

 

Through the dogwoods
Through the dogwoods

 

Amazing architecture
Amazing architecture

 

Door artwork
Door artwork

 

 

 

The Pittock Mansion in the fall

The Pittock Mansion was built in 1909 for the London born Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana in the west hills of Portland, Oregon. This 46 room house on 46 acres of land is now owned by the city. The mansion is modeled after French Renaissance and Victorian architecture. The city of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000 in 1964 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Though I’ve been there a few times now, I still have yet to go inside. I need to find one of those buy one get one free deals!

I have, however, now managed to see it in all seasons except winter. This year was my first time going in the fall. And what beautiful colors there were on the Japanese maples! My all time favorite thing to try to photograph this time around. I waited for all the other visitors walking by to clear out of the area around the Japanese maples and then started sneaking around underneath the trees to get some photos with all the wonderful twisty branches and beautiful red leaves. Of course, there were other wonderful things to see and take photos of. And the view from the West Hills looking down into Portland is amazing.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Japanese maple in all it's fall glory
Japanese maple in all it’s fall glory

 

I’m just glad I didn’t get my car towed or ticketed because I parked right in front of a sign leading off to the water tower in the parking lot that said ‘Do Not Block’ and didn’t even think about it until after I looked at the photo I took of the sign when I downloaded my photos onto the computer after I got home. Whoops!

 

Do not block
Do not block

 

The Pittock Mansion through fall leaves.
The Pittock Mansion through fall leaves.

 

Small and white
Small and white

 

Ornate details
Ornate details

 

Decked out in leaves
Decked out in leaves