Columbia Gorge House

Positioned on a bluff, this house looks out to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount Hood, and beyond. It provides a year-round gathering place for a mid-west couple as well as their dispersed families and friends.


Attention was given to views, while balancing openness and privacy. Common spaces are generous and allow for the interactions of multiple groups. These areas take in the long, dramatic views, and open to exterior porches and terraces. Bedrooms are intimately scaled with generous natural light and ventilation. Generous porches are open to the breeze and provide protection from rain and summer heat. The materials include salvaged barn timber from the early 1900’s, stucco on Rastra Block, a stone fireplace, concrete counter tops, and radiant concrete floors.