There it is up ahead.
By today's standards, that is a short drive but when the Vista House was built, it was a comfort stop for Portlanders going out for a drive (it was a long, windy road then and cars didn't go very fast). Vista House was dubbed Portland's $100,000 outhouse. And it is pretty fancy. You can read about its history and architecture on Wikipedia and on the Vista House website. It fell into sad disrepair but was restored to its original glory a few years ago. The restoration cost over a million dollars.
It's a really cool building, sitting high above the Columbia. There are lots of wonderful pictures of the Vista House by better photographers than I am.
This is a nice shot of the inside
And here is a link to lots of others.
Here are some more I took.
The view from parking lot.
John with the Columbia Gorge view behind him.
And since it is known as Portland's Outhouse, here are few of the bathroom, which is done in marble and mahogany.
The inside of the building has many stairways and long hallways.