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BPS News: Irvington Historic District listed in National Register of Historic Places

The Irvington Historic District was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts important to American history.

Irvington Historic District

Irvington Historic District

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Irvington Historic District

The Irvington Historic District was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts important to American history. The register is maintained by the National Park Service. The Irvington Community Association (ICA) prepared the application with support from neighborhood residents.

About the district

The Irvington Historic District is recognized as an early “streetcar suburb.” It is also recognized for its collection of different styles and periods of architecture, generally houses constructed from 1891-1948. The district encompasses a square-shaped area bounded roughly by NE Fremont St. to the north, NE 27th Avenue to the east, NE Broadway to the south and NE 7th to the west. The area includes approximately 2,800 buildings, nearly doubling  the number of designated properties in Portland.

Oregon law requires local governments to protect resources that have historic designations. This generally means exterior changes to properties in the district will require a historic design review process, as described in the Portland Zoning Code. Property owners in the district can potentially qualify for historic property tax incentives under a program administered by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

About the process

The historic district listing followed a public review process that began in March 2010, when the proposal was submitted to SHPO by the ICA. The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission and the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation reviewed and endorsed the proposal. The final decision, including considering public support for the district, was made by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., which maintains the National Register.

Now that the historic district has been designated, City records and maps (including PortlandMaps) have been updated. Links to other Historic district maps can be found here

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CC2035 Symposium: Housing 2 This Friday

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Join the CC2035 team for the 2nd Housing and Community Development Symposium

Experts from a variety of areas will come together from 9a.m. - 12p.m. this Friday, November 12, to lead a Symposium on Housing and Community Development in Portland's Central City.

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Portland, OR 97201

All community members are welcome to join staff and Stakeholder Advisory Group members to learn about and drill into tough issues, identify challenges and opportunities and brainstorm solutions.

Related Documents

  • Flyer with details about future Symposiums in the series

  • Background paper on Housing and Community Development in the Central City

For more information contact Troy Doss at 503-823-5857