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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


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

For more information

Lloyd Subdistrict: Video Tour

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Take a virtual walking tour of the Lloyd Subdistrict.

Take a Virtual Walking Tour of the Lloyd Subdistrict

In September, 2010, the project team led two community walks around the N/NE Quadrant. On the two-hour tours, staff and community members learned about the N/NE Quadrant and offered ideas about how the area could be improved.

Below, you'll find video clips from the walks in which project staff and walk participants describe issues related to specific locations in the N/NE Quadrant. You can also take the virtual walking tour yourself with this handy Google map, which shows the path of the walk and the locations at which each video was shot.

Do you have your own ideas about these locations? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page in the comments section. Or, if you're able, go ahead and film your own video and post it on the Google map!

1. Download the Walking Tour Guide and Zoning Map

Lloyd Community Walk Guide and Zoning Map

Lloyd Community Walk, September 25, 2010 (PDF)

2. Watch the Videos from Each Stop Along the Tour

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Stop 1: Rose Quarter and Connection to the River, N Hassalo and N Larabee

The N/NE Quadrant of Central City includes Willamette River frontage, but the river is mostly inaccessible along this stretch. In fact, this portion of the riverfront is dominated by Interstate Avenue and a vibrant industrial area that includes the Union Pacific Railroad and the Cargil grain silos. In its current state, this area provides opportunities for vibrant industry in the Central City with potential for habitat improvement and the efficient movement of freight and poses challenges for riverfront trail alignment, connection to the N/NE Quadrant and riverfront development in the Rose Quarter. From a transportation point of view at this stop on the walking tour, trains, buses, autos, bicyclists and pedestrians all converge at the Rose Quarter Transit Station, which is bordered by I-5 cutting through the district on an overpass. This transportation-dominated section of the quadrant could see changes in the future if the community wants to improve the public transit facility or the safety of this section of I-5.

Stop 2: Oregon Convention Center, 300 NE Holladay Avenue

The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is a regional asset that draws visitors from around the country. Surrounding lots are largely undeveloped but have the potential to support the activities of the OCC. There are also important transportation issues for this location, including access to I-5 and connection to the Rose Quarter.

Stop 3: Lloyd Office District, NE Halsey St. and Ne 7th Ave.

The Office District in the Lloyd District is mostly zoned for the kind of development that has occurred downtown - high-rise buildings - which contribute to a dense office and residential district. The East Side Streetcar is going to run through the middle of this area, on NE 7th Avenue, and there is a proposal to make Holladay Avenue a "green street." What will this district look like in 2035?

Stop 4: Transition Between Central City and Irvington Neighborhood, NE Schuyler St. and Ne 12th Ave.

The Irvington Neighborhood borders the N/NE Quadrant area and, therefore, borders Portland's Central City. The transition between Central City and an historic neighborhood is an important consideration when discussing plans for Central City's future. The Irvington neighborhood is served by the businesses on NE Broadway and the surrounding commercial corridor.

Stop 5: Sullivan's Gulch Transition, NE Multnomah St. and NE 16th Ave.

Sullivan's Gulch borders the eastern edge of the N/NE Quadrant and is, therefore, a transition point between Central City and neighborhoods further to the east. The Broadway/Weidler couplet, Lloyd Center to the west and I-84 to the south are facilities that significantly define and impact the neighborhood. Planning for the future of the quadrant should address how changes to those facilities will impact the neighborhood.

Stop 6: Holladay Park and Surrounding Properties, NE Multnomah St and NE 13th Ave.

Holladay Park is the largest (and one of only two) parks in the N/NE Quadrant. While this public green space has great potential as a resource for the community, safety concerns and inactive spaces bordering the park limit the park's attractiveness and success. How could the blocks around the park, or the park itself, be changed to encourage more use by neighbors, employees of area businesses and visitors?

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