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Portion of Eastmoreland Neighborhood Nominated as National Register Historic District

On December 15, 2016, the Eastmoreland Historic District was officially nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, a federal designation that brings with it local land use protections. The nomination, prepared on behalf of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, will be considered by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, and National Park Service in the months ahead. If listed, the historic district would include approximately 475 acres and 1,300 properties.

Map of proposed Eastmoreland Historic District

What would it mean?

The National Register is a federal historic resource designation reviewed and approved by the National Park Service. New resources listed in the National Register are subject to demolition review protections provided by the City of Portland Zoning Code and eligible to participate in applicable local, state, and federal incentive programs. Design review criteria for new construction and exterior alteration of properties within the historic district may be applied at a later date, subject to hearings and adoption by the Portland City Council.

1931 Women's Realty Board house in Eastmoreland

1931 image of a Women’s Realty Board demonstration house in Eastmoreland. Image courtesy Oregon Daily Journal, February 22, 1931.

Women's Realty Board house as it appears today

Women’s Realty Board demonstration house as it appears today. Image courtesy AECOM. 

How do I testify or provide feedback?

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission will review the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination at their regular meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017. The Commission’s recommendation is not a final decision, as the City of Portland’s role is advisory to the National Park Service process. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed historic district and to provide comments to the Commission. The February 13 meeting will take place at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Commission’s agenda is available on the Bureau of Development Services’ webpage.

Following the City of Portland’s advisory review of the nomination, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will hold a formal meeting to consider the nomination on February 17, 2017. This meeting will take place at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Boulevard, beginning at 1:00pm. The SACHP’s agenda is available on the State Historic Preservation Office’s webpage. Testimony on the merits of the National Register nomination will be accepted at the February 17 meeting.

Property owners within the district’s proposed boundary are provided an official opportunity to object to the district’s listing in the National Register by submitting a notarized letter of objection. The district will not be designated if a majority of the owners within the proposed boundary object to the listing between now and July 1, 2017.

Next Steps

Following the February 17 meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, the nomination may be sent to the National Park Service for final review. The National Park Service will review the nomination against applicable criteria for National Register listing, including a review of the physical integrity and historic significance of the proposed district. The National Park Service is not expected to make a decision on the Eastmoreland Historic District before early summer 2017. If listed, the demolition review provisions of the Portland Zoning Code would apply automatically to contributing properties within district.

Copies of the nomination, a project timeline, objection letter templates, and additional information on the proposed historic district can be found on the State Historic Preservation Office’s Eastmoreland webpage.

For more information about the City of Portland’s historic resources program, contact:

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Historic Resources Program Manager, brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879