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Historic Resources and Preservation

  • 1923 Washington High School, a National Register Landmark adaptively reused for offices and events. Photo courtesy Venerable Properties.

  • 1892 Overland Warehouse, a contributing resource in the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District. Rendering courtesy Emerick Architects.

  • WorldMark, a new building in the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District that incorporates salvaged cast iron. Rendering courtesy SERA Architects.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s historic resources program provides information, guidance, and policy expertise to citizens, property owners, elected leaders, and other community partners interested in designating, protecting, and adaptively reusing Portland’s historic places. Program staff advance preservation-related planning projects, liaise with state and federal agencies, manage historic resource protection programs, and provide technical assistance to all Portlanders.

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