Dedicated in 1918, the Vista House was built as a rest stop observatory for travelers on the old Columbia River Gorge Highway and as a fitting memorial honoring Oregon’s pioneers. It ranks as one of the most beautiful and inspiring sites in the Pacific Northwest and it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Unfortunately, Vista House had fallen victim to the weather extremes of the windswept Columbia Gorge. Faced with a deteriorating interior and exterior and system failures, the Vista House was in desperate need of restoration.
The Oregon State Parks Foundation, in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Vista House, and private individuals and organizations led a successful campaign to raise over $2 million to restore Vista House to its historically accurate glory.
Improvements included interior restoration, new interpretive exhibits, a site and building security system, ADA accessible improvements and a building fund for future needs. The project included full accessibility for people with disabilities: disabled parking spaces, a ramp for access to the rotunda and a lift that provides access to the downstairs from the rotunda.
Please include a trip to the restored Vista House in your travel plans. Thank you for all your support that helped restore this building to its original splendor!