Construction begins at View Point Inn
Owners hope to complete project by spring 2014
Despite the obstacles and fleeting hope, Geoff Thompson is finally taking the initial steps toward restoring the View Point Inn, a historic building in Corbett that was ravaged by fire in July 2011.
In life we all lose faith and hope at times, but I never gave up faith, said Thompson, whos owned the inn since 2004. You dont give up on a property like this. You dont give up on a dream like this. And thats why people like me succeed in the end, because we never give up.
At the inn, which overlooks the Columbia River Gorge, engineers and architects are crawling into every nook and cranny in order to evaluate the extent of the damage and the cost of the restoration, Thompson said.
Money from an insurance settlement will fund the project, which, Thompson said, will be complete in spring 2014.
He added that the structure will need a new roof, and there is significant interior damage. Reconstructing the buildings shell should be complete by Labor Day, and then the focus will move to the interior next winter.
For more than a year, though, Thompson wasnt sure if hed reach this point.
He said he relentlessly battled with insurance and mortgage companies before receiving a check for an undisclosed amount on Nov. 26.
Insurance companies have two departments, Thompson said. One department is the department that takes your money. And the other department is the department that denies your claim. So maneuvering through those departments can be difficult at times.
Every day ... we beat down the insurance companies and mortgage companies, and finally a check was released.
While Thompson refused to release the settlement amount, he said it would be enough to cover the estimated $1.6 million rebuilding cost.
Its guaranteed Ill be able to complete it, he said. Whats salvageable is salvageable, and were going to save every drop that we possibly can. Everything thats original, everything that we can save, were going to. Were going to rebuild it to exactly like it was when it was built in 1924.
Thompson said his patience and hope were fading while trying to reach a settlement, but having the funds to start construction was significant for the owner.
If you were giving birth to a child and you were in the delivery room and you were holding your child coming out of your partners body this is everything to me, Thompson said. Ive done many things in my life. Ive had many successes, many accomplishments, many failures. Rebuilding the inn is everything to me. The land and the inn are in my heart and soul.
The View Point Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was featured in the movie Twilight.
To rebuild this inn for my community, for my integrity, my dramatically slandered character, to be able to right a wrong and leave this inn rebuilt for generations to come is a dream come true, Thompson said.Add a comment