Photographer's Note

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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