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Vista House, Corbett
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Vista House is an observatory at Crown Point in Multnomah County, Oregon, that also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site, on a rocky promontory, is 733ft above the Columbia River on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge. The building shows great sensitivity to its site in the Columbia River Gorge near Corbett, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe Crown Point Vista House was completed in 1918. It was designed by Edgar M. Lazarus. With its marble interior and brass fixtures, some Oregonians at the time derided it as the "$100,000 Outhouse". The original idea for an observatory at the site came from Samuel Lancaster, the consulting engineer for the Columbia River Highway. Lancaster proposed"an observatory from which the view both up and down the Columbia could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite"Lancaster also suggested the name "Vista House." The Vista House Association was established to raise money for the project, composed of 52 Portland-area leaders. Funding subscriptions failed to raise sufficient money, and most of the cost of construction was paid by Multnomah County. Construction was supervised by John B. Yeon.
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  • Our first stop driving the Columbia River highway. Offers excellent views up and down the river. There is a building that is open. The day we stopped the road was closed to continue on without any det...  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit, stretch the legs, take some pictures, and take in some gorgeous views. This is an observatory and a memorial to Oregon explorers. Nice restrooms, too! It's right on the Histo...  more »
  • This is a "must stop". The view from the top is truly great. And it is right on the road. Don't forget your camera and binoculars. :) 
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  • Its a Bathroom! Seriously read the history, it was a designed way stop during the highway construction. Gorgeous views and cool location. Its a quick stop with nothing to eat nearby. There is a small store down the store that offers smoked BBQ however. It is close to the Falls if you want to go hiking afterwards. The road up is a little windy but it only adds fifteen minutes to your trip if you are headed to Hood River from Portland.
  • Nice place to visit. Nothing great inside the house. But from outside the house the scenic view is really nice.
  • Incredibly beautiful view. Vista House certainly lives up to its name. Stop to enjoy the view and check out the cool architecture of this old structure. I'm amazed they were able to build this when they did - some of the pictures on display show just how remote and difficult the terrain must have been. I'm glad they did build it, though, as we can now enjoy it.
  • The architecture of this building is unique and fits well with the surrounding scenery, but words aren't enough to describe the views of the Gorge from here. Truly awe-inspiring. Definitely worth the somewhat complicated diversion from I-84 out of Portland
  • Beautiful building and views, highly recommend stopping here if you are visiting the area.