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Eastmoreland Historic District

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.

Current Project Status

On April 25, 2018, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) determined that the opponents of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District (District) in Portland submitted enough objections to prevent listing the District in the National Register of Historic Places. According to federal rules for the program, if the majority of the private property owners within a district object to the listing the district cannot be listed in the National Register. Following federal guidelines, the SHPO resubmitted the nomination to the National Park Service (NPS) for an official Determination of Eligibility. The official decision to list or not list rests with the NPS. 

Digital copies of all documents provided to the NPS are posted on this webpage under the heading “Project Timeline and Important Dates.”

The SHPO counted a total of 7,188 private property owners. Nearly 5,000 of these were recently-formed trusts that submitted objections. Federal rules provide that individuals and legal entities that submit notarized statements declaring their ownership of private property within the district are added to the list of property owners, and qualify to object. A total of 5,952 objections were received or 82.8% of the total number of owners. According to federal rules, if more than 50% of the owners in a district submit objections, the property cannot be listed.

The original nomination for the District was received in February 2017 and was reviewed by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a volunteer group of people with interest and skill in Oregon history. The committee recommended listing Eastmoreland in the National Register based on its historic qualities. Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Christine Curran agreed and the nomination was submitted to the NPS in May 2017, but Curran asked that the nomination be returned to the office due to unresolved problems determining the number of owners in the proposed district boundary. Without an accurate count of owners, the SHPO was unable to calculate the percentage of objections. The nomination was returned in June 2017. See the return documents. Federal rules did not clearly answer how to resolve complications arising from deceased owners and trusts, among other circumstances, so Oregon SHPO staff requested guidance from federal and state officials. The SHPO received guidance from the NPS in November 2017 and advice from the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) in January 2018.

In March and April 2018, the SHPO office reviewed previously-submitted objections using the guidance from the NPS and DOJ, providing owners an opportunity to correct errors. Objections received throughout the entire process were tallied and provided to the NPS for review. Federal rules allow for new objections at any time until the NPS makes a final decision.

A description of the process and timeline SHPO followed is available here:
 
SHPO Memo to the National Park Service Describing Nomination Proces . The Eastmoreland Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet can be found here: Next Steps in the Eastmoreland Historic District Nomination Process.

The NPS met its legal notice requirements when the nomination was submitted in May 2017. Now that the SHPO has submitted the updated nomination, the NPS may take action at any time. The NPS will accept additional public comment and new objections until the agency makes a final decision.

Send all correspondence to:

Attn: J. Paul Loether, Deputy Keeper
National Park Service National Register of Historic Places
1849 C St. NW, Mail Stop 7228
Washington, D.C. 20240

Send a copy to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oregon.gov.

Copy of National Register Nomination as sent to the National Park Service on April 25, 2018

SHPO Letter to the National Park Service [pdf]

SHPO Memo to the National Park Service Describing Nomination Process [pdf]

National Register Nomination for the Eastmoreland Historic District [pdf]


Property owners list provided by Multnomah County in November 2016 and SHPO Count [Tabbed Excel sheet]

February 2017 Meeting Minutes of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation [pdf]

City of Portland Landmarks Commission letter 2-16-17 [pdf]


Correspondence and Audio Recording of February 2017 Meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation

Due to the size of the correspondence files and audio file recording of the SACHP discussion for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District, these files can be downloaded through a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site.

Instructions for accessing the FTP site

Copy and paste ftp://159.121.119.151 into your browser address bar (Note: If you are using Windows Explorer, view the FTP site as a Windows Explorer page. Do this by selecting “Page” from the menu bar in the browser, then selecting “Open FTP site in Windows Explorer”)
 
When a dialog box appears, use the following information to log in:
 
Login: shpoguest
Password: welcome
(login and password are case sensitive)
 
Double-click on “Outgoing” and download the entire folder named Eastmoreland Historic District. Once the folder opens, click on the file to download. Do this by “copying” the entire folder and then “pasting” it to your desktop.

The audio recording of the Eastmoreland section starts at 07:30 minutes

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 (NPS) in Washington DC and administered locally by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), 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 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, brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 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: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_results.aspx

View information on Oregon grants that are available to owners of National Register properties and other cultural resources and institutions here:  http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_results.aspx

View information on SHPO tax incentives programs available to owners of National Register properties here: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_results.aspx 

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 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:

National Register Nomination for the Eastmoreland Historic District [pdf]

View map of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District [pdf]

View the Multiple Property Document [pdf]

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 (SHPO). 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 local jurisdiction for comment. 

At its meeting, the SACHP considers comments by local officials, staff, and interested citizens and recommends to the SHPO and the NPS to accept or reject a property or district for listing in the National Register, or defer the nomination for future consideration. Only the NPS can list a property in the Register.

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. 

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. 

February 6, 2017 Press release sent to local print, radio, and TV news outlets announcing the upcoming State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (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. View the SACHP Agenda

May 15, 2017 – The nomination document is sent to the National Park Service (NPS). The SHPO sent the National Register of Historic Places nomination document for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the NPS with a recommendation not to list the District due to procedural problems. See the press release. All documents sent to NPS are available below. 

June 30, 2017 – Close of the NPS’s consideration period.

July 5, 2017 – NPS sends notice dated June 30, 2017 to the Oregon SHPO that the agency is returning the nomination for "procedural errors" related to the agency's May 15th recommendation. See the return documents.

August 2017   In August, the SHPO asked the NPS for clarification on the agency's procedures for resubmitting the nomination for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

November 2017  the NPS provides guidance for counting owners and objections to the SHPO. See the National Park Service Guidance .

February 2018 The Oregon Department of Justice provides guidance for counting owners and objections to the SHPO.

February 13, 2018 The Oregon SHPO begins for the process of recounting the number of private-property owners and notarized objections for resubmission to the NPS. See a description of the process, timeline, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here: Next Steps in the Eastmoreland Historic District Nomination Process.

April 25, 2018 The Oregon SHPO determines that the majority of the property owners within the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District object to listing the District and submited the nomination document to the NPS for an official determination of eligiblity.

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. 

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) holding fee simple title to property. Divisions of government, including schools and fire districts, may not object to listing. Properties owned by a trust or trustee are only allowed a single vote, regardless if there are multiple owners/trustees for the property. For more information see: How to count owners for historic districts

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: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/60.6

Objection, withdrawal, and support forms:

Objection form 

Withdraw previous objection form

Support form

Withdraw previous support letter


The NPS met its legal notice requirements when the nomination was submitted in May 2017. Now that the SHPO submitted the updated nomination on April 25, 2018, the NPS may take action at any time. The NPS will accept additional public comment and new objections until the agency makes a final decision.

Send all correspondence to:

Attn: J. Paul Loether, Deputy Keeper
National Park Service National Register of Historic Places
1849 C St. NW, Mail Stop 7228
Washington, D.C. 20240

Send a copy to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oregon.gov.

Who is supporting or opposing the nomination? 

As a courtesy, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has posted links and contact information for the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, the nomination proponent, and Keep Eastmoreland Free, an opposition group.  The Oregon SHPO is not responsible for the content of organization's websites, mailings, or other communications.


Eastmor

eland Neighborhood Association

PO Box 82520, Portland, OR 97282
Email: eastmorelandhistoricdistrict@gmail.com
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Web: http://www.eastmorelandpdx.org
Historic District Web:
http://historicdistrict.eastmorelandpdx.org

Historic Eastmoreland Achieving Results Together (HEART)
Contact: Manda Blum
Phone: (503) 788-3833
Web: http://ww.iHEARTeastmoreland.org
Facebook: http://facebook.com/iHEARTeastmoreland
Email: iHEARTeastmoreland@gmail.com

Keep Eastmoreland Free
Contact: Tom Brown
3234 SE Crystal Springs Blvd
Phone: (503) 381-6543
Email: info@keepeastmorelandfree.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepeastmorelandfree/
Web: http://www.keepeastmorelandfree.org/

Questions About the Information on this Page?

Chris Havel, Associate Director of Communications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Phone: 503-986-0722
Email: Chris.Havel@oregon.gov

Questions about City of Portland Land-Use Regulations

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, City Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Services
Phone: 503-823-4641; email: Brandong.Spencer@portlandoregon.org


Documents Posted Prior to June 2017

The following information was posted on this website prior to June 2017 these documents are for reference only.

Nomination documents Sent to NPS on May 15, 2017

See Project Timeline and Important Dates above for more information

All objection counts as of 5-15-17 [pdf]

All objections received as of 5-15-17 [pdf]

All public comments received as of 5-15-17 [pdf]

All support counts as of 5-15-17 [pdf]

All support received as of 5-15-17 [pdf]

City of Portland Landmarks Commission letter 2-16-17 [pdf]

Property owners list provided by Multnomah County (Updated list as of 4-25-17) [pdf]

Memo to Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places 5-15-17 [pdf]

Letter to Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places 5-15-17 [pdf]

Nomination cover sheet [pdf]

Nomination [pdf]

Nomination continuation sheet [pdf]

Photos [pdf]


Minutes of the February 2017 Meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP)

Due to the size of the audio file for the recording of the SACHP discussion of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District, the audio files can be found online via an FTP site.

Instructions for accessing the FTP site

Copy and paste ftp://159.121.119.151 into your browser address bar (Note: If you are using Windows Explorer, view the FTP site as a Windows Explorer page. Do this by selecting “Page” from the menu bar in the browser, then selecting “Open FTP site in Windows Explorer”)
 
When a dialog box appears, use the following information to log in:
 
Login: shpoguest
Password: welcome
(login and password are case sensitive)
 
Double-click on “Outgoing” and download the entire folder named Eastmoreland Historic District. Once the folder opens, click on the file titled "Eastmoreland Historic District SACHP Audio Recording". Do this by “copying” the entire folder and then “pasting” it to your desktop.


The audio recording of the Eastmoreland section starts at 07:30 minutes


Documents for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District

Order Denying Stay
(June 19, 2017) 

City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission comments

All Public comments as of July 24, 2017

Comments from Derek Blum from HEART (July 3, 2017)

Spring 2017 Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Newsletter

Summary Log of Events & Outreach Leading to the Eastmoreland Historic District Nomination

February 16-17, 2017 State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meeting Minutes


All owners and properties listed in proposed Eastmoreland Historic District 
(Updated 5-12-2017)

All owners by mailing address with allowed vote counts per property

New Objections as of December 23, 2016

New Objections as of December 30, 2016

New Objections as of January 6, 2017

Objection count totals as of January 6, 2017

New Objections as of January 12, 2017

Objection count totals as of January 12, 2017

New Objections as of January 20, 2017

Objection count totals as of January 20, 2017

New Objections as of January 27, 2017

Objection count totals as of January 27, 2017

New Support as of January 27, 2017

New Objections as of February 3, 2017

Objection count totals as of February 3, 2017

New Support as of February3, 2017

Support count totals as of February 3, 2017

New Objections as of February 10, 2017

Objection count totals as of February 10, 2017

New Support as of February 10, 2017

Support count totals as of February 10, 2017

New Objections as of February 17, 2017

Objection count totals as of February 17, 2017

New Support as of February 17, 2017

Support count totals as of February 17, 2017

New Objections as of February 24, 2017

Objection count totals as of February 24, 2017

New Support as of February 24, 2017

Support count totals as of February 24, 2017

New Objections as of March 3, 2017

Objection count totals as of March 3, 2017

New Support as of March 3, 2017

Support count totals as of March 3, 2017

No new objections as of March 10, 2017

New Support as of March 10, 2017

Support count totals as of March 10, 2017

New Objections as of March 17, 2017

Objection count totals as of March 17, 2017

New Support as of March 17, 2017

Support count totals as of March 17, 2017 

New Objections as of March 23, 2017

Objection count totals as of March 23, 2017

New Support as of March 23, 2017

Support count totals as of March 23, 2017

New Objections as of March 31, 2017

Objection count totals as of March 31, 2017

New Support as of March 31, 2017

Support count totals as of March 31, 2017

New Objections as of April 7, 2017

Objection count totals as of April 7, 2017

New Support as of April 7, 2017

Support count totals as of April 7, 2017

STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL 10, 2017, ANY AND ALL CHANGES FOR THE CURRENT WEEK FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK ONLY, WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW ON THE COUNT SPREADSHEET

New Objections as of April 13, 2017

Objection count totals as of April 13, 2017

New Support as of April 13, 2017

Support count totals as of April 13, 2017 

New Objections as of April 21, 2017

Objection count totals as of April 21, 2017

New Support as of April 21, 2017

Support count totals as of April 21, 2017

New Objections as of April 28, 2017

Objection count totals as of April 28, 2017

New Support as of April 28, 2017

Support count totals as of April 28, 2017

New Objections as of May 5, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of May 5, 2017 [pdf]

No new objections as of May 9, 2017

Objection count totals as of May 9, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of May 9, 2017 [pdf]

Support count totals as of May 9, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of May 12, 2017 [pdf]

Objection count totals as of May 12, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of May 12, 2017 [pdf]

Support count totals as of May 12, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of May 15, 2017 [pdf]

Objection count totals as of May 15, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of May 15, 2017 [pdf]

Support count totals as of May 15, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of May 19, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of May 19, 2017 [pdf]

No new Objections as of May 26, 2017

New Support as of May 26, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of June 2, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of June 2, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of June 9, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of June 9, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of June 23, 2017 [pdf] 

New Support as of June 23, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of June 30, 2017 [pdf]

No new Support as of June 30, 2017

New Objections as of July 3, 2017 [pdf]

New Support as of July 3, 2017 [pdf]

Letters rescinding previous objections and now supporting (July 3, 2017) [pdf]

No new Objections as of August 28, 2017

New Support as of August 28, 2017 [pdf]

New Objections as of September 15, 2017 [pdf]

No new Support as of Septebmer 15, 2017

No new Objections as of September 22, 2017

New Support as of September 22, 2017 [pdf]