Legacy and Natural Stone
Creating a legacy can be an intentional act or a byproduct of using natural stone in architectural works. Who knows how long architect Edgar M. Lazarus envisioned his sandstone designed Vista House would endure. It has been 100 years and it is still standing atop a basalt cliff.
Vista House is a museum at Crown Point in Multnomah County, Oregon. The sandstone building serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It is noteworthy that it’s one of the first rest stops from the early days of motoring. Perhaps it is the only rest stop that receives millions of visitors and gifts each of them with a majestic and sweeping view 733 feet above the Columbia River.