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Historic Resources and Preservation

  • City Hall, 1907

  • Irvington Historic District

  • Lovejoy Fountain, 1966

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s historic resources program works with citizens, businesses, property owners, public agencies and other community partners to bridge policy with action to protect and interpret our history and built heritage. This website shares information about the legal processes that govern historic resources in Portland, incentives for property owners, current preservation-related projects and links to other sources of information and support. 

New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines Project

This joint project will develop design guidelines for new construction and alterations to historic buildings in Portland’s New Chinatown/Japantown National Register Historic District.

Portland's Historic and Conservation Districts

How Portland's historic and conservation districts are designated, maps of each district and lists of properties within each district

Individual Historic Resources and Landmarks

How historic landmarks are designated, and information on landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places and Portland's Historic Resource Inventory

Historic Resource Rules and Benefits

Regulations and benefits, including historic preservation incentives


Historic resource publications

Historic Resources Code Improvement Project

Proposes amendments to the Zoning Code to make it easier for property owners to make minor home improvements in the City's historic and conservation districts

Sustainable Preservation

Using a whole systems approach for rehabilitating old structures