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Discovering Portland’s Historic Vista House

Nestled along the winding curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway, Vista House emerges as a beacon of architectural brilliance, embodying the creative vision of renowned Portland architect Edgar M. Lazarus. Erected in 1917, this majestic structure was conceived as more than just a resting stop for travelers; it was designed to offer solace and accessibility to the awe-inspiring wonders of the gorge.

Inspired by German “Art Nouveau” architecture, Vista House is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, with its intricate details crafted by skilled native Italian artisans. From the meticulously built retaining walls to the uniquely designed shape overlooking the Columbia River Highway, every aspect of Vista House exudes grandeur and sophistication.

Standing approximately 44 feet in diameter and towering 55 feet high, Vista House’s exterior boasts a striking facade of light gray sandstone, a testament to the enduring elegance of its design. Stepping inside, visitors are greeted by the luxurious ambiance of Tokeen Alaskan marble and Kasota limestone, meticulously arranged to create a sense of opulence and grace.

The interior dome, adorned with paintings that mimic the grandeur of marble and bronze, further enhances the regal atmosphere of Vista House. As visitors ascend to its upper levels, they are treated to sweeping views of the Columbia River and the bustling activity of I-84 below, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Oregon’s natural beauty and industrial prowess.

Since its completion in 1918, Vista House has remained a cherished landmark, captivating the hearts and imaginations of countless travelers from near and far. From its lofty perch, Vista House stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of architectural innovation and serves as a timeless symbol of Oregon’s rich history and unparalleled natural splendor.



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