24,000-square-foot interpretive museum is dedicated to exhibiting the natural and cultural history of the region
Located on a 70-acre site near the center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, this 24,000 SF interpretive museum is dedicated to exhibiting the natural and cultural history of the region. The building is concrete, steel and glass.
The primary exhibit is based on a serpentine concrete wall that begins as a series of columns on the exterior. The wall then weaves its way through the heart of the museum. The widths vary in blocks from 14″ to 36″ while the heights vary from 10′ to 36′. A waterfall erupts from the face of the wall into a pool. Collectively the wall mimics the basalt cliffs seen throughout the Columbia Gorge.
Skamania County Historical Society
Awards American Concrete Institute, Oregon Chapter Award for Excellence in Concrete
American Institute of Architects, Oregon Chapter Award for Excellence
Masonry & Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon, Hammurabi Award
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Two visitor centers, exhibit space, a museum store, cafe, auditorium and classroom located on an historic and dramatic bluff
Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center
The first restoration of a historic building in the nation to receive LEED Gold