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Near Corbett in Multnomah County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Vista House

JEWEL on the Crown

 
 
Vista House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
1. Vista House Marker
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Classic symbol of the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House beckons travelers to Crown Point to revel in an extravaganza of water, cliff, and sky. Samuel C. Lancaster, design engineer of the Historic Columbia River Highway, envisioned this outcropping as the ideal site for a rest stop and observatory where the Gorge “could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite.”

Portland architect Edgar Lazarus designed Vista House to “recall the ancient and mystic Thor’s crown.” Braced against the famous Gorge winds, this small building embodies strength. The structure is faced with ashlar-cut sandstone; the interior walls are Alaska Tokeen Marble and Kasota Limestone.

Vista House was dedicated on May 5, 1918, to the memory of Oregon’s pioneers.

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Ground-breaking for the Vista House coincided with dedication of the Historic Columbia River Highway on June 7, 1916. President Woodrow Wilson touched a button in the White House to unfurl the flag atop Crown Point. Cannons roared while rose petals fluttered and onlookers toasted the occasion with Oregon’s “temperance” beverage—loganberry juice.

Believing
Vista House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
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that each component of the highway should harmonize with the natural beauty of the Gorge, Samuel Lancaster faced some his greatest construction challenges here. The 560-foot reinforced concrete viaduct that circles Crown Point is one of his innovations and the first highway structure built under his supervision in Multnomah County.

Despite careful quarrying and manufacturing techniques, at least half the total output of marble is waste.
 
Erected by Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1828.
 
Location. 45° 32.319′ N, 122° 14.666′ W. Marker is near Corbett, Oregon, in Multnomah County. Marker is on Historic Columbia River Highway, 2.8 miles Corbett, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40700 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett OR 97019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marshall N. Dana (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel C. Lancaster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camping Among the Giants (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rooster Rock State Park (approx. 0.7 miles
Vista House on Crown Point image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
3. Vista House on Crown Point
away); Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chanticleer Point (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Chanticleer Point (approx. 0.8 miles away); Samuel Hill – “Road Builder” (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corbett.
 
Also see . . .  Columbia River Highway - Vista House. State of Oregon website entry (Submitted on March 4, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
An Inside View of Vista House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
4. An Inside View of Vista House
Vaulted Ceiling at Vista House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
5. Vaulted Ceiling at Vista House
View of the Columbia River from Vista House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
6. View of the Columbia River from Vista House
The Columbia River Gorge as Seen from Vista House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phyllis Prats, May 30, 2015
7. The Columbia River Gorge as Seen from Vista House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on July 29, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Jul. 4, 2022