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View Point Inn

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By Another Believer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Another Believer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Joe Parks from Berkeley, CA (View Point Inn) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Joe Parks from Berkeley, CA (View Point Inn) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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View Point Inn, Corbett

Statistics

  • Location: 40301 NE Larch Mountain Road, Corbett
  • Built: 1924
  • Architect: Carl Linde
  • Designation:National Register of Historic Places
  • Significance: Listed in the National Register in 1985, the Inn is a distinctive, yet place-appropriate, architectural feature of the Columbia River Gorge. As the last intact example of a resource that was integral to the automobile-oriented tourism that developed along the scenic highway, the View Point Inn is a significant component of the Historic Columbia River Highway experience.
News and Updates

December 2014:

Property vacant, rehabilitation unlikely. Despite the opportunity to save the building, and owners’ claims of active rehab, the building suffered through two more winters of rain. Owners refused Restore Oregon financial and technical assistance throughout process.

April 10, 2013:

Limited information about rehab – uncertainty about building’s future remains.

January 8, 2013:

Inn owner announces plans to rehabilitate building as private residence.

September 2012:

Restore Oregon investigates options to winterize building; preservation contractors determine enough interior finishes stripped that winterization not highest priority

August 2012:

Historic materials lost from building due to vandalism, sale, or other undocumented removal.

History

The View Point Inn is historically significant as the best preserved example of 1920s tourist inns remaining along the lower section of the historic Columbia River Scenic Highway. Located at the junction of Larch Mountain Road and the Columbia River Scenic Highway, the Inn was constructed in 1924 in direct response to the rise of automobile touring along the Scenic Highway.

The building was constructed by notable architect Carl Linde in the Arts and Crafts architectural style with Tudor Revival style elements. The property operated as an inn from its construction until 1962, and then again from 2007 until 2011. Set 1125 feet above the Columbia River, the property provides expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge and is located less than a mile from the always-popular Vista House. The Inn was used as a set in the filming of the movie Twilight.

Why is it Endangered?

After changes were made to the Columbia River Scenic Area Management Plan to allow for the commercial use of National Register listed historic properties within the Scenic Area, the View Point Inn was reopened in 2007 for restaurant, lodging, and event space uses. On July 10, 2011, a fire caused substantial damage to the View Point Inn, destroying the roof and causing water and smoke damage to the interior.

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One Response to View Point Inn

  1. Gary Brannan April 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    I wish OPRD would acquire, restore and operate the View Point Inn (the last roadhouse on the Historic Columbia River Highway) and make it a “State Heritage Site”, as they did with the Frenchglen Hotel, which is well thought of\: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g51874-d272043-Reviews-Frenchglen_Hotel-Frenchglen_Oregon.html

    I request that you have this suggestion added to the items currently being discussed as part of OPRD’s 20-year plan update. Timing is essential, as OPRD is in the final phase of that project at this moment.

    Lisa Van Laanen has just replaced Tim Wood as OPRD’s new director, and this project would certainly be worth mentioning to her.

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