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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.


Historic Resources Webmap

View an interactive map of designated landmarks, historic and conservation districts, and resources included in the Historic Resource Inventory.

Historic Resource Protections

Learn more about the regulations that the City of Portland applies to significant historic resources.

Sign-up for Email Updates about Historic Resources and Preservation

Receive periodic updates about the City of Portland’s historic resource program.

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.

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

Publications, Documents and Related Information

Miscellaneous publications and documents related to historic resources

Portland Historic Landmarks Commission

The seven-member Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on preserving and enhancing Portland's historic resources.

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

Historic Resource Designations

Find out how historic resources are identified and designated.