Portland Washington/Forest Parks 2016 — photo 31 of 55: The ruins of the very photogenic Stone House along the Wildwood Trail in Macleay Park’s Balch Creek Canyon just north of NW Cornell Road, part of Forest Park in the Tualatin Mountains above Portland, Oregon. Summer solstice 2016.
Apparently there is a huge problem with idiots defacing Stone House with graffiti. An OregonLive.com article dated May 19, 2016 documented the problem. A follow-up article on June 15, 2016 recounted the difficult removal of the graffiti. On the summer solstice I photographed the pristine-looking ruins, ignorant of the ugly mess which had existed only a week before. But not long thereafter, a third OregonLive article dated August 4, 2106 showed how the bastards had struck again. I’m SO grateful that I was able to enjoy and photograph the beauty of Stone House without experiencing the mindless destruction committed by depraved souls.
HISTORY: Most of the accounts I have read state that this former restroom facility was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA, formed 1935), around the same time that they built Timberline Lodge (1936–1938) on Mt. Hood. Digging deeper, I came across documented proof on the PDXccentric Web site (same link as Stone House above) that this structure was actually commissioned by the City of Portland, and built in 1929 — more than 5 years before the WPA even existed. Because of the persistent urban myth that the WPA built Stone House at the same time as Timberline Lodge, I wanted to include this short history in order to help propagate the true account.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article Portland Washington/Forest Parks Summer Solstice.