Vista House

Vista House

Blueprints for portions of Vista House and Details
Road Services records, Road construction contract records, 1915-1990, Vista House, 1917, Multnomah County Archives, Portland, Oregon.
Whether you're traveling along I-84, or the Old Columbia River Highway, you can't help but notice this gem at Crown Point. With spectacular views of the Columbia River in both directions, Vista House was designed as a tourist destination and remains so today. Multnomah County Commissioners initially appropriated $15,000 for construction, although building costs eventually exceeded that number.

Here you can see an image of the original blueprints. In 1916, contractors for Vista House included plumbers, marble and terrazzo companies, electricians, suppliers of ornamental iron, ventilation, sidewalk lights, cement, lime and others. On August 31, 1917, architect Edgar M. Lazarus submitted his bill for 4/5 of the 10% agreed basic fee - $1500. That $1500 is the equivalent of over $33,247 in 2022 dollars. The building was dedicated in 1918 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

It has been owned by the State of Oregon since 1938. More information can be found at the Friends of the Vista House page.

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Latourell Falls

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Please note: ODOT has implemented access changes to the waterfall corridor this summer including the need for a permit. Please check before you set out to make the appropriate arrangements for your journey.

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