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.

Anonymous says:
Aug 28, 2008 02:04 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
Anonymous says:
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.