Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District, Multnomah County, Portland
This page describes what a historic district is, the listing process and the benefits and responsibilities of owning a listed property. Use the links below to navigate to specific information.
What is the National Register of Historic Places and a Historic District?
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of buildings, districts, structures, sites, and objects important to local, state, or national history. The program is run by the National Park Service in Washington DC and administered locally by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SPHO), an office of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department.
A historic district is an area or neighborhood that has a concentration of buildings and associated landscape and streetscape features that are at least 50 years old or older. To be eligible for the Register, the majority of the buildings in the district must maintain their historic appearance, or be “contributing,” and the district must be associated with an important aspect of the area’s history or and/or be notable for its architecture or design.
What is the Eastmoreland Historic District?
The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association nominated the Eastmoreland neighborhood for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The proposed Eastmoreland Historic District is located in Portland, Multnomah County. It encompasses approximately 475 acres and is generally bounded SE Woodstock Blvd on the north; SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and SE 36th Ave on the east; Berkeley Park and SE Crystal Springs Blvd on south; and SE 27th and 28th Ave on the west.
The Eastmoreland Historic District is considered significant for its relationship to community planning and development trends in Portland in the early twentieth century, most notably for its reflection of City Beautiful planning principles, and for its eclectic yet cohesive mix of early twentieth century architectural styles. A full copy of the draft nomination is below. The nomination is submitted as an addendum to an existing document called a Multiple Property Document, or MPD, called “Historic Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960,” which describes the history and important trends in suburban residential development in the United States from the nineteenth century through the post-World War II era. This “cover” document places local and regional trends in community planning and development that can be seen throughout the country and serves as an additional reference for the Eastmoreland nomination.
The documents can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
View map of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District
View the National Register nomination
View the Multiple Property Document
|Eastmoreland Neighborhood Reconnaissance-Level Survey|
As an early part of the historic nomination process, a broad reconnaissance-level survey was conducted of the whole Eastmoreland neighborhood. This data was collected in order to inform the development of the proposed boundary for the (proposed) Eastmoreland Historic District. Prior efforts to gain property-owner feedback have focused on the area within the nominated district due to the nomination. We have now made available the larger Eastmoreland neighborhood survey data (including those areas outside the nominated area) through the link below, in order for property-owners outside the nominated district to review the data and provide feedback. Property owners that identify factual errors or omissions regarding alterations or present conditions (window type, siding material, etc.) to their properties should contact representatives of either Eastmoreland Neighbohood Association or Keep Eastmoreland Free to coordinate revision requests. Contact information for those organizations can be found a their repective websites listed at the bottom of this page.
How does the National Register nomination process work?
Any person or organization can nominate a property or district for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by submitting a nomination to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. A complete nomination for a historic district includes the nomination form, property list, maps, photos, and exhibits. Once received, SHPO staff reviews the document for completeness, and then provides the preparer with a memo, if needed, outlining required changes to meet the minimum standards set by the National Park Service and making suggestions to improve the document.
Nominations that meet the minimum standards are forwarded to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP), a nine member, governor-appointed body of citizens with expertise in fields relating to historic preservation. The nomination document is also provided to the City of Portland for comment. The City will hold a separate public hearing on the nomination.
At its meeting, the SACHP considers comments by local officials, staff, and interested citizens and recommends to the SHPO and the National Park Service to accept or reject a property or district for listing in the National Register, or defer the nomination for future consideration. Only the National Park Service can list a property in the Register. A draft agenda is posted below.
A project timeline is below. As part of the process, local officials and the general public are invited to participate.
Project Timeline and Important Dates
May 26, 2016 – SHPO attended a meeting sponsored by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association in Portland to answer questions about the National Register process.
November 1, 2016 – Eastmoreland Historic District nomination submitted for initial review on behalf of the nomination proponent.
December 15, 2016 – Public notice published in The Oregonian announcing the availability of the official draft of the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination; draft available on this website. Notarized objections to the historic district may now be submitted to the SHPO. See below.
December 15, 2016 - Written notification of the upcoming SACHP meeting and copies of the draft nomination provided to the City of Portland and preparers.
December 20, 2016 – Public notice published in the Portland Tribune announcing the availability of the official draft of the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination. See below.
February 6, 2017 - Press release sent to local print, radio, and TV news outlets announcing the upcoming SACHP meeting on the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination, including The Oregonian.
February 16, 2017 – Tour of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District held for the benefit of the SACHP. The public is invited, but must provide their own transportation.
February 17, 2017 – The SACHP meets to consider the proposed Eastermoreland Historic District nomination. (Note that the draft agenda is subject to change).
View the SACHP Agenda
Please note that, while you may send your letters of objection or support to the National Park Service between May 15th and July 1, 2017, the letters would stand a better chance of not getting misplaced if you sent them to our office by May 8, 2017, so that they can be packaged with the nomination as the National Park Service is moving their offices in this time frame and has asked that we limit written correspondnece with them while they move.
May 15, 2017 – The nomination document is sent to the National Park Service.
July 1, 2017 – Date by which last objection letters should be sent to the National Park Service.
July 6, 2017 – Expected decision date for the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination.
What does listing in the National Register Mean?
The SHPO and the federal government do not regulate private property unless the owner chooses to take advantage of federal and state tax incentives or grants. Local county and city governments, however, are required by state law to protect properties listed in the National Register. Because local laws vary from place to place, property owners or those looking to purchase properties listed in the National Register should contact Brandon Spencer-Hartle at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Services at (503) 823-4641, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
View the SHPO National Register webpage the outlines Benefits and Responsibilities for listed properties, the National Register process, and how to list a property here:
View information on Oregon grants that are available to owners of National Register properties and other cultural resources and institutions here:
View information on SHPO tax incentives programs available to owners of National Register properties here:
How do I object or support listing in the National Register?
Owners of private property may object to listing their property in the National Register by submitting a notarized statement to the SHPO certifying that the individual is the sole or partial owner of the property and that they object to the listing. The proposed district will not be listed if a majority of the property owners object. Supporters do not need to submit a notarized statement.
Each owner of private property in a district has one “vote” regardless of how many properties or what part of the one property that individual owns, and regardless of whether the property contributes to the significance of the proposed district. An owner is defined as an entity (individual, partnership, corporation, trust) holding fee simple title to property. Divisions of government, including schools and fire districts, may not object to listing.
The right to object is described more fully in the federal regulations governing the National Register program, 36 CFR 60.6. A link to these regulations may be found at:
If you previously submitted a notarized letter of objection, you should have received a letter from our office noting that these objections are not valid, and must be signed and resubmitted during the comment period, beginning Thursday, December 15, 2016 through the approximately July 6, 2017, when the National Park Service makes a formal decision on the nomination. Forms are available below beginning December 15, 2016.
Letters of support may be submitted by email or regular mail. Original signed and notarized objections must be mailed.
Download objection form
Download support form
Letters of Support may be emailed to Tracy Zeller at Tracy.Zeller@oregon.gov
How to count owners for historic districts
Portland Historic Landmarks Commission advisory review of nomination
Letters of objection and support will be posted on this webpage weekly.
All owners and properties listed in proposed Eastmoreland Historic District
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Who is supporting or opposing the nomination?
As a courtesy, the Oregon SHPO has posted links and contact information for the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, the nomination proponent, and Keep Eastmoreland Free, an opposition group. Both are non-profit neighborhood-based organizations. The Oregon SHPO is not responsible for the content of organization’s websites, mailings, or other communications.
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association
PO Box 82520
Portland, OR 97282
Keep Eastmoreland Free
Contact: Tom Brown
3234 SE Crystal Springs Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
Questions about the information on this page?
Diana Painter, Architectural Historian
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
Questions about City of Portland land-use regulations and the local listing process?
Brandon Spencer-Hartle, City Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Services