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Portion of Eastmoreland Neighborhood Nominated as National Register Historic District

Federal designation may occur as early as summer 2017

On December 15, 2016, the Eastmoreland Historic District was officially nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, a federal designation that brings with it local land use protections. The nomination, prepared on behalf of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, will be considered by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, and National Park Service in the months ahead. If listed, the historic district would include approximately 475 acres and 1,300 properties.

Map of proposed Eastmoreland Historic District

What would it mean?

The National Register is a federal historic resource designation reviewed and approved by the National Park Service. Resources listed in the National Register are subject to historic resource protections provided by the City of Portland Zoning Code and eligible to participate in applicable local, state, and federal incentive programs. Portland Zoning Code chapters 33.445 and 33.846 describe the specific historic resource review protections that apply to National Register historic districts. These reviews include criteria for demolition, new construction, and exterior alteration of properties within historic districts.

1931 Women's Realty Board house in Eastmoreland

Women's Realty Board house as it appears today

How do I testify or provide feedback?

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission will review the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination at their regular meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017. The Commission’s recommendation is not a final decision, as the City of Portland’s role is advisory to the National Park Service process. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed historic district and to provide comments to the Commission. The February 13 meeting will take place at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Commission’s agenda is available on the Bureau of Development Services’ webpage.

Following the City of Portland’s advisory review of the nomination, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will hold a formal meeting to consider the nomination on February 17, 2017. This meeting will take place at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Boulevard, beginning at 1:00pm. The SACHP’s agenda is available on the State Historic Preservation Office’s webpage. Testimony on the merits of the National Register nomination will be accepted at the February 17 meeting.

Property owners within the district’s proposed boundary are provided an official opportunity to object to the district’s listing in the National Register by submitting a notarized letter of objection. The district will not be designated if a majority of the owners within the proposed boundary object to the listing between now and July 1, 2017.

Next Steps

Following the February 17 meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, the nomination may be sent to the National Park Service for final review. The National Park Service will review the nomination against applicable criteria for National Register listing, including a review of the physical integrity and historic significance of the proposed district. The National Park Service is not expected to make a decision on the Eastmoreland Historic District before early summer 2017. If listed, the historic resource protections of the Portland Zoning Code would apply automatically to properties within district.

Copies of the nomination, a project timeline, objection letter templates, and additional information on the proposed historic district can be found on the State Historic Preservation Office’s Eastmoreland webpage.

For more information about the City of Portland’s historic resources program, contact:

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Historic Resources Program Manager, brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879

Proposed Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines available for review

Review and testify on the Proposed Draft Design Guidelines

Sketch of Demolished Hop Sing Tong BuildingPortland’s New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District is getting some well-deserved attention with the development of district-specific design guidelines. Developed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Development Commission, with input from stakeholders and the community, the new approval criteria will guide building alterations and new construction in the district, while preserving and showcasing its unique, multi-ethnic history. The guidelines address various exterior and façade elements, from signs and awnings to the desired characteristics of new construction and additions to existing buildings.

On August 1, 2016, the Proposed Draft of the guidelines was released for public review and comment.

Provide Testimony

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission will consider the Proposed Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines and hold public hearings on September 12 and September 26, 2016. Testimony will be accepted at both hearings.

In addition to attending a hearing, there are several other ways to provide testimony to the Landmarks Commission on the Proposed Draft:

  • Email: brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov. Include “Historic District Design Guidelines Testimony” in the subject line and include your full name and mailing address.
  • By U.S. Mail: Brandon Spencer-Hartle, 1900 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 7100, Portland OR, 97201. Attn: Historic District Design Guidelines Testimony.

Public Process and Next Steps

Hung Far Low Sign

The Proposed Draft Design Guidelines were developed with input from a stakeholder advisory committee, formed to provide recommendations to the project team based on their knowledge and expertise related to land use, architecture, history, property development, and familiarity with the historic district. Testimony will be received by the Historic Landmarks Commission as they refine the Proposed Draft into a Recommended Draft for consideration and adoption by the City Council. Once in place, the design guidelines will be used as approval criteria during historic resource review of both new construction and exterior alterations/additions to existing buildings.

Background

The New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District is bound by NW Glisan Street to the north, NW 3rd Avenue on the east, West Burnside Street to the south, and NW 5th Avenue to the west. Primary architectural styles include Italianate, 20th Century Commercial, and Moderne. This 10-block historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 because of the area’s significant history and heritage of Asian culture, industry, commerce and architecture.

The project team values and encourages input from the community about this project. For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70480

Draft Design Guidelines for New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Available for Review

Public invited to learn more and share their feedback at June 15 open house

Oregon Historical Society image of the Hop Sing Tong building in 1931 showing balconies and other exterior treatments. Portland’s New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District will be getting some well-deserved attention with the development of district-specific design guidelines. Developed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Development Commission, with input from stakeholders and the community, the new approval criteria will guide building alterations and new construction in the district, while preserving and showcasing its unique, multi-ethnic history. The guidelines address various exterior and façade elements, from signs and awnings to the desired characteristics of new construction and additions to existing buildings.

Open House
Community members are invited to a public open house to review and comment on the draft design guidelines.

Wednesday, June 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
Portland Development Commission
222 NW 5th Avenue, Commission Conference Room.

The drop-in style open house will include summaries of key guidelines for review and comment. Staff will be available to answer questions and collect feedback. 

Public Process and Next Steps
The draft design guidelines were developed with input from a stakeholder advisory committee, formed to provide recommendations to the project team based on their knowledge and expertise related to land use, architecture, history, property development, and familiarity with the community. Community input on the draft guidelines will be considered by the project team as they develop a final proposal this summer. The guidelines will then be forwarded to the Historic Landmarks Commission for endorsement and then to City Council for adoption. Once in place, the design guidelines will be used as approval criteria during historic resource review of both new construction and exterior alterations/additions to existing buildings.

Current photograph of the Society Hotel and CCBA HeadquartersBackground
The New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District is bound by NW Glisan Street to the north, NW 3rd Avenue on the east, West Burnside Street to the south, and NW 5th Avenue to the west. Primary architectural styles include Italianate, 20th Century Commercial, and Moderne. This 10-block historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 because of the area’s significant history and heritage of Asian culture, industry, commerce and architecture.

The project team values and encourages input from the community about this project. For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70480