Posts Tagged ‘Vista House



25
Jan
16

making an entrance…

or is it an exit? Either way, carry it well.

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21
Nov
15

Vista House Foyer…

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Vista House @ Crown Point (Oregon)

02
Nov
15

Columbia River: Looking East from the Crown Point

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12
Aug
15

upriver & downriver…

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All About the Columbia River Gorge

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09
Aug
15

Crown Point….

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Thor’s Heights/Crown Point/Vista House

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03
Aug
14

Vista House Foundation

The Vista House is a national, historic landmark situated atop Crown Point on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in the ‘Gorge’. It sets 730′ above the river along the Old Columbia River Highway (Scenic Highway to locals). It was quite the structure in its heyday. It is still a beautiful structure.

One of the treasures along the Scenic Highway, and not just at the Vista House, is the masonry. Walls, bridges, railings are found up and down the Gorge, east of Portland. Some more history for those interested.

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This 1918 Post Card of the Vista House shows the stone work. Note where the man is standing.

Ironically, when I was up there the other day, I took a shot of the wall exactly where that man is standing in the post card.

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The Vista House has been a landmark for so long, it became the center piece figure for a local law enforcement badge long ago.


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The architect, creator of the Vista house was Edgar M. Lazarus. He described the structure as “a temple to the natural beauty of the Gorge..” Originally the precipice, upon which the Vista House stands, was called Thor’s Heights. Later it was changed to Crown Point. The Vista House has undergone significant renovations. It is subjected to some of the harshest weather at times. Yet, it still stands majestically overlooking the Gorge.

02
Aug
14

Classic Gorge

As an Oregonian, I have seen a multitude of images of the Columbia River Gorge. A classic shot is the Vista House on Crown Point taken from the West near the Women’s Forum Park. It gives scale to the Vista House and the Gorge (Columbia River Gorge). 

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