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Redmond Downtown Historic District
Proposed Redmond Downtown Historic District, Redmond, Deschutes County

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 listing in 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 Redmond Downtown Historic District?
The Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission initiated the Redmond Downtown Historic District. The concept of a downtown historic district was first identified as an objective in the August 2015 City of Redmond Historic Preservation Plan. A survey of the downtown, which identified the properties to be included in the nomination, was completed in August, 2015 and finalized in February, 2017. A draft nomination for the district was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office on March 1, 2017 for consideration in the June 15, 2017 State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation hearing.
The Redmond Downtown Historic District is located within the boundaries of the City of Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon. The approximately seven-acre district is a commercial area parallel and to the west of the original railroad alignment of the Oregon Trunk Railroad, which travels along the east edge of downtown. The District boundaries form an irregular polygon whose outside boundaries are generally located two parcels north of SW Cascade Avenue; on the east by SW 5th Street; on the south by SW Forest Avenue; and on the west by the alley between SW 7th and SW 8th streets. The District comprises forty-three (44) properties constructed between 1910 and 1987, consisting of twenty-nine (29) contributing buildings, fourteen (14) noncontributing buildings, and one (1) building already listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Redmond Downtown Historic District comprises the historic business center of the City of Redmond. It is eligible for listing in the National Register for its significance as the commercial heart of Redmond and for its architecture. The district includes the contiguous commercial properties that retain their historic character and continue to reflect the evolution of Redmond’s economic center from the early twentieth century through the post-World War II period. The district is important the area of commerce for its associations with the growth of Redmond as a railroad market center and regional economic anchor. The physical and architectural development of the downtown commercial center reflects the importance of irrigation, the railroad, and the Dalles-California Highway in the community’s commercial history.
A full copy of the draft nomination and accompanying Redmond Downtown Historic District map can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

View the map of the proposed Redmond Downtown Historic District [pdf]

View map of the Redmond Downtown Historic District tax lots [pdf]

View the National Register nomination

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 Redmond 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
August 2015 – Historic survey undertaken in downtown Redmond
August 10, 2016 – SHPO attended a Historic Landmarks Commission meeting in Redmond and viewed the downtown area neighborhood
February 2017 – Downtown Redmond historic district survey finalized
March 2017 – SHPO received draft Redmond Downtown Historic District nomination
April 12, 2017 – SHPO staff visited Redmond and toured the proposed historic district with HLC members and city staff
April 21, 2017 – Letters noticing upcoming public hearing mailed to property owners
May 5, 2017 – Website for Downtown Redmond Historic District posted at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx
June 15, 2017 – Downtown Redmond Historic District nomination scheduled to be heard by State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation

View the SACHP agenda [pdf]

September 11, 2017 – Downtown Redmond Historic District nomination mailed to the National Park Service

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 Scott Woodford at the City of Redmond, Community Development Department at (541) 923-7758, or Scott.Woodford@ci.redmond.or.us, 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) 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. More information on this topic can be found here:
How to count owners in historic districts [pdf]
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:

Please use the objection and support forms provided below. Additional written comments are welcome.

Objection form [pdf]
Letters of support may be submitted by email or regular mail. Original signed and notarized objections must be mailed to:

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

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

Questions about the information on this page?

Jason Allen, Preservation Specialist
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
Phone: 503-986-0579
Email: Jason.Allen@oregon.gov


Questions about City of Redmond land-use regulations and the local listing process?

Scott Woodford, Senior Planner
City of Redmond, Community Development Department
Phone: 541-923-7758
Email: Scott.Woodford@ci.redmond.or.us