Historic Properties of Spokane

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Mount Spokane Vista House

Mount Spokane Vista House
26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Drive See Map
1933
Henry Bertelsen / Einar Fieldstad
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12/07/2018
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The Vista House sits at the summit of Mount Spokane within Mount Spokane State Park. The park encompasses nearly 14,000 acres, and is the largest in the Washington State Park system. The summit at this location has an elevation of approximately 5,800 feet and is the highest point in the region. This location provides sweeping views of the surrounding areas, particularly to the east and south. The relatively open landscapes on these sides give distant views, while the views to the north and west sides of the building are partially obscured by the surrounding high alpine forest. The building serves multiple functions for the visiting public. At the exterior, the building features an integrated terrace on the east side to provide a defined space for taking in the magnificent views. The large east side terrace continues around the perimeter of the building in the form of a wide sidewalk. At the interior, there are four main areas: the public gathering room, the former store room, toilet rooms, and a former fire lookout room on the upper floor.

 

National Register Nomination