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.Plan your Vista House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Corbett using our Corbett vacation planner.
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This place is so cute it's like the best thing for getting some panoramas of the river gorge. Best thing to do is bring your camera. There is plenty of parking Also make sure u check out he 2nd level ... more »
The first thing the comes to mind is WOW. This provides an amazing view both east and west down the Columbia River. Once you go inside to enjoy the building make you way to the balcony for an unobstru... more »
This historic building is beautiful both inside and outside. The visitors information desk provides maps and information about sites along the way. It is an excellent location for taking pictures of t... more »
Beautiful views when the weather allows. Very fun foggy views otherwise. The historic stone building is a good place to visit with out of town guests, or if you're from out of town and looking for a bit of Portland history, take a drive out and check it out.
Pretty old building with a great view. Very windy, hold on to your hats! Very limited parking. The best views are from the top floor. There is a gift shop and coffee bar on the lowest level.
The Columbia River is quite a sight and this is a great place to stop and check it out. There is lots of parking and a old building to climb up for scenic views. Worthwhile stop.
Stunning view during sunset time. Was there on July 4th last year. Great spot to see fireworks there!
Beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge to the East and the Portland metropolitan area to the West. Vista house at Crown Point is situated high up on the Cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge, and the sunrises and sunsets here can be quite stunning. It can get quite windy as well at times here, but it's always worth a stop.
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