Astoria Oregon has often been called  "Little San Francisco". Early logging and fishing brought great prosperity to the town and the wealthy mill owners and merchants built fabulous, fanciful Victorian houses on the wooded hills overlooking the mighty Columbia River. Many remain in well restored condition today and are private homes, B&Bs and/or public museums. Astoria has about 75 historic buildings with over half of those listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flavel House Museum is the most well known and is an outstanding example of Queen Anne architecture. It was built by a Columbia River bar pilot who became the area's first millionaire. Today it is a popular museum and visitors can experience what life was like for the ultra-wealthy in the late 1900's

Other examples of interesting and historical architecture are the Benjamin Young House, Clatsop County Courthouse, old City Hall (now the Heritage Museum), Albert Ferguson house, Grace Episcopal Church, the Liberty Theatre and many other buildings.