Snapshot

Deconstruction

  • Photo courtesy Friends of The Columbia Gorge
  • Photo courtesy Friends of The Columbia Gorge
  • Photo courtesy Friends of The Columbia Gorge
 

The march of monster homes across your favorite Western landscapes got you down? Take heart: At the end of July, the Friends of the Columbia Gorge finished dismantling and recycling "nail by nail, shingle by shingle‚" a 5,500-square-foot house overlooking the Columbia River from Cape Horn on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The nonprofit bought the house -- the only one built in a 16-lot subdivision platted before the creation of the scenic area in the 1980s -- for $1.5 million in 2006. The deconstruction is one of the last steps in a 25-year effort to transfer those lots and more than 50 others on Cape Horn to the Forest Service, which now holds 1,000 acres surrounding the homesite.

Nice!
Jon Stahl
Jon Stahl
Aug 28, 2008 02:04 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
Too bad
MountainEarth
MountainEarth
Aug 28, 2008 01:42 PM
Too bad. That could have been an amazing education center for regional culture and ecology, or a great community retreat center.