Roedde House Museum July 2018 Newsletter
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July 2018

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

June was quite a month here at the museum! On top of our concert series and guided tours, Roedde House participated in Barclay Manor's Strawberry Festival. With our annual bake sale hosted by our fabulous volunteers, strawberry iced tea stand, and general donations, we raised over $400! A big thank you to all who visited, donated, participated, and volunteered! In case you missed it, check below for photos of the event.

In the month of July, Roedde House will continue to be open with extended hours of 11-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-4 pm on Sundays. Come by for a guided tour with our two summer students and wonderful volunteers!

The museum will also be hosting our monthly Classical concert and re-introducing our Jazz Summer Porch Series starting Thursday, July 12th. With admission by donation, come by for some lemonade and jazz tunes! Read below for more information. 

Lastly, on Sunday, July 22nd West End Historian and storyteller Jolene Castillou Cumming will be providing a guided tour on Women of Barclay Street. The walking tour will feature stories of over 30 women who lived on Barclay Street during the early 1900's including our beloved Matilda Roedde! From 1-3 pm, meet at the corner of Barclay and Lagoon Drive. $10 cash only, rain or shine. For more information, go to the West End Journal here

We hope to see you this July!

All our best,
Kelsey and Darcie


Our July Newsletter Features:

  • Welcome Michael, Program & Events Summer Student
  • Strawberry Festival 
  • Last Month's Classical Concert
  • Upcoming Jazz & Classical Concerts 
    • Summer Jazz Porch Series
  • Meet Our Neighbours Special Edition!
  • Become a Friend of Roedde House

Meet Michael, Roedde House Program and Events Summer Student!

This summer, Roedde House Museum has another addition to the team! Michael Frolek-Turner joins us as our Program and Events summer student. Read on to learn more about Michael!

"This September I will be returning to Montréal for my fourth year at McGill University, where I'm working towards a Joint Honours degree in Russian Studies and History, specialising in the history of medicine. I am particularly interested in public health policy and the response to health problems, especially epidemic diseases, in the 19th and 20th centuries. I particularly hope to use my time at Roedde House to further my understanding of how the Victorians manifested cultural anxieties about health and hygiene within their homes. I will be combining my love of the history of medicine with my love of Russian literature this coming year, when I will be writing my thesis on the depiction of psychiatric institutions in Soviet literature.

In addition to my loves for history and Russian culture, I am also an enthusiastic baker, knitter, and filmgoer, as well as a lover of all things vintage."

Strawberry Festival

Thank you to our volunteers, musicians Lynn and Nina, all and guests who participated in the 8th annual Strawberry Festival on June 23rd, 2018. It was such a pleasure to have the community together here in heart of the West End. Roedde House looks forward to seeing you at next summer's Strawberry Fest!
Left to Right: Strawberry Iced Tea, Volunteers Colleen and Chrissy, Volunteers Jane and Mike at our Annual Bake Sale, Volunteer Joanne guiding guests, Visitors in the girls bedroom, Darcie with Marlena Swall (decendant of Roedde Family) and guests, Immoral Singers in the parlour, Guests in the front entrance, and Volunteers Jen and Marie-Helene.

Photographs Courtesy of Bruno Fraiha - Website, Instagram

Last Month's Classical Concert

On Sunday, June 10th, Catherine Laub, Julie Begg and Rita Attrot filled the parlour with sounds of Bach, Handel, Schumann, Vaughn William and Quilter. With tickets starting at $12, our Classical concerts are every second Sunday. 

Read below for our upcoming Classical Concert on Sunday July 8th!
Photographs Courtesy of Bruno Fraiha - Website, Instagram

On July 8th, the Roedde House Classical Series will feature the Tall Oaks Trio on our Rising Stars concert. Immensely gifted emerging professionals working in Vancouver and garnering international recognition, clarinetist Sydney Tetarenko, violinist Jiten Beairsto, and pianist Natalie Lo will perform Milhaud and Schoenfield as well as Stravinskys Soldiers Tale.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 4pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for seat selection. 

On Thursday, July 12th come by Roedde House for our Summer Jazz Porch Series! Bassist and composer Eli Davidovici has been playing music with his wife and drummer, Mili Hong, and his friend and pianist, Dan Reynolds, on the Vancouver music scene for years now. As a trio, they play a mix of traditional Jazz repertoire and original music, connected through a shared dynamic that fuses Jazz with an eager and restless impulse towards free improvising. 
We encourage guests to bring blankets and lawn chairs as seating is limited. Concert starts at 7 pm.

Admission by Donation
We hope to see you there!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours Special Edition!

Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

Over the Canada Day Long weekend, I travelled down to Portland, Oregon and visited the historical house museum Pittock Manson. It was such an amazing experience that I wanted to share this historical gem with Roedde House readers.

Photos: Pittock Mansion Front Entrance Window
Below: Henry Pittock and Georgiana Pittock - Photos Courtesy of Pittock Museum

Located fifteen minutes away from downtown Portland, the Pittock Museum features an extravagant mansion, lodge, gardens, and gift shop. Built in 1914 by San Francisco architect Edward T. Foulkes, the mansion was commissioned by Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana Burton. 

Henry, born in London, England in 1834, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of 19, he moved to the Oregon trail to seek trade and industrial job opportunities. Much like Gustav Roedde, Henry started a career in the print industry as a typesetter for The Oregonian newspaper. During this time, the newspaper industry was financially risky and competitive as more than 30 newspapers were launched in Portland. Henry slept at the office, saved his earnings, and invested in Portland property. 

In 1845, Georgiana Burton was born in Missiouri. A year after Henry arrived in Portland, Georgiana and her family headed west as well for opportunity. On June 20th, 1860, Henry and Georgiana married and continued to have eight children, six surviving into adulthood.

Five months after Henry and Georgiana's wedding, Henry was given ownership of the paper in exchange for back wages. He went on to transform The Oregonian into a successful daily newspaper that is still in print today.  

The mansion started construction in 1909 and wasn't completed until 1914. Architect Edward Foulkes himself grew up in Portland and trained in Stanford at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the French Ecole des Beaux-Arts. "Foulkes, and his local partner, Chester J. Hogue, had a challenging client in Henry Pittock". Henry requested an architecturally impressive house with the latest technology. Upon completion, the home featured extravagant luxuries including a central vacuum system, intercoms, an elevator, and wall thermostats.

"With five large bedrooms, two sleeping porches, and four servants' bedrooms, Pittock Mansion seemed ready to accommodate a crowd".

Photo: Pittock Mansion Grand Staircase. Photo courtesy of Portland Society Page

 After the mansion was completed, Henry (age of 80), Georgiana (age of 68), and eight family members moved into the home. Daughter Kate and her husband, Lockwood Hebard, took up residence in the south wing. The Pittocks' youngest daughter, Lucy, her husband Edward Gantenbein, and their daughters Rhonda and Georgiana filled the west wing. Their third child Peter was born in the mansion in 1915. Georgiana also took in her two orphaned teenage nieces, Helen Van Houten and Louise Gallien. A live-in cook and maid also moved into the home. By the end of 1914, a total of 11 family members alone lived in the mansion. 
Left to Right: Parlour room with piano and harp, Georgiana's bedroom, and formal dining room. 

While Henry was known for being a successful newspaper publisher, he also built a financial empire by investing in real estate, banking, railroads, steamboats and more. Georgiana Pittock also became a founder and fundraiser for many charities and cultural organizations including Ladies Relief Society, Women's Union, and the Martha Washington Home, a residence for single, self-supporting women. Georgiana was also an avid gardener who founded the Portland Rose Society and hosted the first Portland Rose Show in 1889. Today, the mansion is surrounded by formal rose gardens as a tribute to her contributions.

Photo: Pittock Mansion Grounds - Rose Garden

Unfortunately, Henry and Georgiana only lived in the mansion for roughly four years before passing away. After their death, the family continued to live in the home well into the 1950's. The last resident, grandson Peter Grantenbein, and his father Edward, moved out in 1958 and put the mansion up for sale. The mansion sat empty for four years, and was damaged by the Columbus Day Storm on October 12, 1962. By 1964, the mansion was in poor condition and developers expressed interest in tearing down and turning the estate into a subdivision. Baffled, Peter and the citizens of Portland rallied and assisted the City in raising money to purchase the property. 

After fifteen months of restoration, the mansion opened to the public in 1965 as a historic house museum. In 1968, the nonprofit Pittock Museum Society was formed to take on the responsibility of the collection and providing educational programming. The Society also works with Portland Parks & Recreation to maintain memberships, donations, grants, and the museum store.

Photo: Pittock Mansion - Sewing Room (Note much large than Matilda's!)

Pittock Mansion is open from June to Labour Day, 10-5 pm daily, and September to December, 10-4 pm daily. Self guided tours are most common as the museum provides maps and informative panels throughout the home, gate lodge, and grounds. Guided tours are available with general admission and scheduled based on volunteer availability. Behind the scenes tours are also offered with memberships!

Pittock Mansion also provides a variety of programming including hands-on harp demonstrations, architectural tours, and day camps for kids.The mansion is available for rentals of all kinds.

For more information about Pittock Mansion, check out their website here!

Photo: Pittock Mansion

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!


Roedde House Museum is looking for friendly, responsible, and outgoing individuals to join our supportive team of heritage enthusiasts! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available including tour guides, event and concert hosts, and collection assistants!

Please contact Darcie at or 604-684-7040 for more information!


Are you interested in becoming a friend of the Museum? Then we’d love for you to be a part of the Roedde House Preservation Society! For one year, Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the museum, news and invites to our special events, and a discount on house rentals. Members also have a direct impact on the decision-making of the Museum by voting at our Annual General Meeting. We want the people who love Roedde and all that it is to have a say in its future! Memberships start at $10. Join HERE.

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