Vista House at Crown Point
A popular viewpoint, this octagonal gray sandstone structure (1918, Edgar M. Lazarus), with its distinctive copper roof, perches 733ft above the Columbia River. When historic highway engineer Samuel Lancaster scouted out the overlook he claimed it to be one of the world's most spectacular vistas and suggested building an observatory here, where "the Columbia could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite." On May 5, 1918 the Vista House opened as a rest area, an observatory, and a memorial to Oregon's pioneers. Its dome contains eight panels, each inscribed with settlers' names. The best views can be see from the observatory deck at the top of the narrow staircase.