The Crown Point Vista House completed in 1918 was criticized by some Oregonians as "the $100,000 Outhouse". A consulting engineer for the Columbia River Highway, Samuel Lancaster had proposed the 'rest stop' as "an observatory from which the view up and down the Columbia could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite".
The Vista House was designed by Edgar M. Lazarus, following "Jugendstil Architecture" from the German late 19th century interpretation of Art Nouveau. It sits on a rocky promontory 733 feet above the south side of the Columbia River, near Corbett. The exterior is sandstone, domed rotunda 13 meters in diameter with an octagonal 20 meter diameter base where the visitor bathroom and gift shop resides. The rotunda is 17 meters high. The interior is finished in marble and the dome has a bronze lining. The clerestory windows have opalescent glass in simple tracery pattern. And there is an outside viewing platform at the base of the dome.
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Noel_Byrne (30143) 2014-08-03 7:18
Your obote portrays this as a very sumptuous place, easy to understand why people got annoyed at its cost, to their annoyance is our benefit as its a beautiful historic place and an excellent subject. The stained glass looks like that of a modern church while the mosaic on the dome reminds me of a mosque. I googled this to get an idea of its positn and it has certainly been built with great consideration for the location. I'd never heard of this place, I'm well happy to learn of it, thanks for sharing.
bukitgolfb301 (40754) 2014-08-03 19:19
Hi dear Ray, how are you?
Nicely tight framework and so comfortable symetrical appraoch. The best framework and composition via sharp / clear presnetation is so marvelous as usual.
All the best and have a good start of a new week!
Takero from so hot Tokyo
aliabazari (16154) 2014-08-03 22:36
Hi Ray dear
Nice shot of this beautiful architecture. Congratulations and thanks for recording this beautiful picture.
emka (94484) 2014-08-03 23:40
Hi Ray, Very interesting building in the Art Nouveau style. Beautiful dome and nice stained glass modern windows. I expect that the person there has a wonderful view around. Pleasant colour of the sandstone. Nice symmetrical presentation.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Silvio1953 (139927) 2014-08-04 12:28
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with beautiful house, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio