Friends of Vista House was established in 1982 by a dedicated group of volunteers and has, since its inception, been the consistent supporter and advocate for Vista House, Oregon’s most beloved and treasured icon. Dedicated in 1918, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Vista House is an integral part of the Columbia River Highway National Landmark.
FOVH volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually welcoming over one million visitors each year and telling the fascinating history of the Vista House, its place in Oregon history as well as our nation’s history. The organization works in partnership with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to manage, operate and maintain Vista House for all to enjoy, now and for generations to come.
Friends of Vista House operates an interpretive retail Museum Gift Shop in the lower level of Vista House, offering an impressive and unique array of fine merchandise, including books for all ages and many items crafted by local artisans.
FOVH is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that receives no federal or state funding. FOVH depends on membership and other individual and corporate donations to maintain its operations.
Our Mission: To help preserve and protect the historic Vista House and to provide information and interpretive programs about it's history and the Columbia River Gorge.
Friends of Vista House is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations and membership fees are tax deductible.