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Historic District Designation Proposed for Irvington Area (updated)

Area mapThe Irvington Community Association (ICA) has submitted a proposal to create a National Register Historic District in the Irvington area. This is a quick summary of the process and what would happen if the district were formally designated, or “listed.” 

The public review process

After a National Register nomination is submitted, there are required reviews at the local, state and federal levels before the property or district can be listed. For Irvington, the public process began with an advisory review by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (PHLC) on May 24. A state-level review on June 4 endorsed the proposal and requested some revisions. The National Park Service will hold the final review and decide whether to list the Irvington Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. District designation could occur as soon as mid-August, 2010 if all required changes are made and it passes the review process. It’s also possible that listing will not occur until this fall. Until the district is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, there is a process for property owners in the proposed area to formally object.

Map resources

Proposed Irvington Historic District Status (database) (PDF Document, 607kb)

Proposed Irvington Historic District Orthophotos Map (PDF Document, 4,980kb)

Proposed Irvington Historic District Architectural Survey Area (PDF Document, 675kb)

For more information about this process and the full text of the nomination proposal, visit the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) website.

If the historic district were listed

Once a historic district is listed, we (BPS) add a map to City records, update PortlandOnline and GIS maps and datasets. Oregon law also requires local governments to protect resources that have historic designations. This generally means most exterior changes to properties require historic design review, as described in the Zoning Code. There would be a higher level of protection for “contributing” properties in the historic district in the form of demolition review, and some regulatory incentives would be available to property owners. Certain requirements would also apply for green building modifications. For example, installing solar panels and eco-roofs would not require historic design review if certain standards for height and location are met. Installing wind turbines would require historic design review if they are attached to a building. Alternative proposals – i.e., that do not meet standards -- could be approved through historic design review.

The Irvington proposal includes approximately 2800 properties. It would double the number of properties in Portland that have a formal historic designation. If listed, the Irvington Historic District would become the largest in Oregon.

A notice was mailed to property owners within the boundaries of the proposed Irvington Historic District in mid-April, 2010.

Please contact Liza Mickle if you have questions or comments: