CROWN POINT COUNTRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Size: 5,000 S.F.
The Crown Point Country Historical Society was established in the early 1970’s by a dedicated group interested in preserving the history of the Crown Point/Columbia River area. Over several decades, residents of the area have been collecting and preserving historical records, artifacts and images.
In order to house and archive the collection, the Society selected a parcel of land on the Historic Columbia River Highway in Corbett with plans to build a museum. The building sits on a sloped site with a 1,500 S.F. basement space for storage, a 3,500 S.F. main floor containing the exhibits and small gift shop, and a small loft space for use by staff. Large wood rafters support wood roof decking and along with the natural wood floors, help evoke the feel of Cascadian style lodges throughout the Pacific Northwest. The exterior also makes use of forms and materials consistent with this style. A steeply pitched main roof with shed dormers flanking a large entry gable provides symmetry to the structure’s massing. The entry gable along with a covered porch extending around both sides of the main façade are supported by log posts and beams. Cedar lap siding, wood trim and rails, wood windows, and manufactured stone veneer help lend the structure a traditional look befitting the history of this museum.