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by: L.E. BASKOW, Closer to Home is a weekly opportunity for Tribune photographer L.E. Baskow to bring you a unique visual diary of Portland. If you have an idea you think might make for a great photo, email Baskow at <span id=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." title="by: L.E. BASKOW, Closer to Home is a weekly opportunity for Tribune photographer L.E. Baskow to bring you a unique visual diary of Portland. If you have an idea you think might make for a great photo, email Baskow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."" class="caption" width="481" />

A sunset shows its brilliant colors over Vista House and the Columbia River Gorge.

Built between 1916 and 1918, the copper-roofed Vista House was built both as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station to weary travelers making their way along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the octagonal stone structure was closed for four years for a $3.2-million renovation and opened again last year as an interpretive center.