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Eastmoreland Historic District

Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District, Multnomah County, Portland

On July 5, 2017, the Oregon SHPO received a notice dated June 30, 2017 from the National Park Service stating that the agency was returning the nomination document for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District for "procedural errors" related to the Oregon SHPO's inability to provide a total count of owners or objections used to determine owner consent as required by federal rules. NPS provided direction by email to refer all questions regarding ownership to an "authorized state official" to ensure compliance with Oregon State law. See the return documents.

The Oregon SHPO is currently working with the Oregon Department of Justice to determine how to count owners and objections and next steps in the process. The SHPO cannot provide an expected timeline or process for the project at this time. Information will be posted on this site as it is available.

The Oregon SHPO will continue to post all public comment received, generally on Friday afternoons. At this time it is unclear if notarized objections and objection withdrawals will be counted after the close of NPS' consideration period. Owners may still submit documents if they choose.

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
(Updated May 15, 2017) 

View the Multiple Property Document

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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

May 15, 2017 – The nomination document is sent to the National Park Service. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sent the National Register of Historic Places nomination document for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District (District) to the National Park Service (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. 

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]

June 30, 2017 – Close of the National Park Service’s consideration period.

July 5, 2017 – National Park Service 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.

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 

How do I object or support listing in the National Register?

On May 15, 2017, The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sent the nomination document for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District (District) to the National Park Service (NPS) with a recommendation not to list the District due to procedural errors. See the press release.

During NPS comment period, owners of private property may object to listing their property in the National Register by submitting a notarized statement to NPS and copying 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.

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
 
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 June 30, 2017, when the National Park Service makes a formal decision on the nomination. It is unclear at this time if forms will still be accepted. Forms are available below.

Original signed and notarized objection letters, and signed support letters are to be sent directly to the National Park Service at the address below, with a copy sent to the SHPO office, to the addresses below.

J. Paul Loether, Deputy Keeper
National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7228
Washington, DC 20240 

State Historic Preservation Office
ATTN: Tracy Zeller
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

 

Download Objection form 

Form to reverse previous objection 

Download Support form

Form to reverse previous support

Letters of Support may be emailed to Tracy Zeller at Tracy.Zeller@oregon.gov

How to count owners for historic districts

 

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 password is 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

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]

On May 15, 2017, The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sent the nomination document for the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District (District) to the National Park Service (NPS) with a recommendation not to list the District due to procedural problems. See the press release [insert link]. See above for instructions to download the SHPO’s submission to NPS.

Due to ongoing questions regarding determining ownership and counting objections, the Oregon SHPO will not post updated support and objection count totals until the issue is resolved. All new support and objection forms and public comments received will be posted weekly on Friday afternoons.

Who is supporting or opposing the nomination? 

As a courtesy, the Oregon SHPO has posted links and contact information for the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Associaion, the nomination proponent, and Keep Eastmoreland Free, and 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
Email: eastmorelandhistoricdistrict@gmail.com
Web: http://historicdistrict.eastmoreland.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
 

Questions about the information on this page?

Ian Johnson, Associate Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
Phone: 503-986-0678
Email: Ian.Johnson@oregon.gov

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
Phone: 503-823-4641
Email: Brandon.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov