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National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the United States' 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 and administered locally by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, an office of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

What are the benefits of listing a property, site, or district on the National Register?

What are the restrictions of being listed on the National Register?

  • Owners of properties listed in the National Register choosing to take advantage of federal and state tax benefits and grant programs must comply with federal standards Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Oregon State law requires local governments to review proposals to demolish or relocate properties listed in the National Register.
  • Local governments have the authority to form local historic districts and landmarks, and may also create additional protections for properties listed in the National Register through a separate local process.

To find out more about how your local government may regulate National Register listed properties, please contact the local planning office.

Where to Start

The first step is to complete a Historic Resource Record (HRR). The form collects information regarding the brief history of the building, known changes to the building, and exterior and interior photographs of the resource.

If after review of the HRR the SHPO staff believes the property may be eligible for the National Register, the second step is to conduct additional historical research on a property.

Helpful Resources for Research

Prepare the National Register Nomination

After submitting a HRR and additional research, it is time to prepare a National Register nomination.

A National Register nomination is a federal document with specific technical requirements. SHPO staff can assist preparers as needed with nomination forms, but SHPO staff does not complete nominations for preparers.

Steps to begin:

  1. Photograph the property
  2. Complete the Nomination form
  3. Submit a complete nomination
See the next section on "Nomination Submission Deadlines & Process" for the next steps.

Deadlines For Submission

Every National Register nomination is reviewed by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP). The SACHP meets 3 times a year. To be considered at one of their hearings, a complete nomination must be submitted by one of the following draft deadlines.

Draft Deadlines for consideration at the SACHP MeetingSACHP Meeting Months
March 1stJune
July 1stOctober
November 1stFebruary


Nomination Process

See the National Register Process in Oregon flow chart for a brief overview of the process in listing a property to the National Register.

Nominations Under Consideration/In Process

Nominations scheduled for the upcoming SACHP meeting:

  • See the SACHP agenda for the next meeting and nominations being considered

Nominations recently forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register:

Additional nominations in process:

For more information about the SACHP, meetings, agendas, and minutes, visit Commissions/Committees.

How to Comment on a National Register Nomination

Any individual, government entity, or organization may comment on pending National Register nominations. The public comment period for all nominations begins 60 days before the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meeting.

Please mail comments to:

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
State Historic Preservation Office
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C

OR

Email: ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oprd.oregon.gov

Recently Listed Oregon Properties in the National Register of Historic Places

  • Historic City Hall, West Linn, Clackamas County, Listed in October 2021 - The Historic City Hall, a modestly-sized two story brick building designed by Portland architects Claussen and Claussen, is significant as the first and only governmental building owned and constructed by the City of West Linn, and the only one to combine municipal functions with private commercial uses in the town. The building also was constructed under the PWA, a jobs-creating federal New Deal program providing loans and grants to public works projects. The building represents the impact of the New Deal on a small community that would not otherwise have been able to construct a publicly owned building during the Depression. Historic City Hall nomination form

  • O.K. Jeffery Airplane Factory, Portland, Multnomah County, Listed in October 2021 - The O.K. Jeffery Aircraft Factory was the first and only factory of its type in Portland, representing the beginning of the aircraft industry in the city. The production of spruce airplane parts became critical to the United States and their European allies in the fight against the Germans in World War I. As a result, the stands of old growth Sitka spruce, which were primarily located in Oregon and Washington states, were critical to the war effort. Spruce logs previously had been sent to the east coast where they were fashioned into the needed parts and where planes were assembled and engines added. O.K. Jeffery successfully argued to government contractors that, because of the wastage involved in developing the logs into the needed plane beams, struts, webs and engine beds, the U.S. government would save money if the plane parts were made close to the source of the wood. The new O.K. Jeffery building was quickly converted to this purpose and production began. O.K. Jeffery Aircraft Factory nomination form

  • Harry & Eleanor Holmes House, Medford, Jackson County, Listed in June 2021 - The Harry and Eleanor Holmes House, completed in 1939 in Medford, Oregon, was designed by Los Angeles based architect Paul Revere Williams, a nationally significant designer associated with what has been called “California Georgian Revival” style. Williams’ designs for industrialists, movie stars and other celebrities during the 1930s-1960s were broadly published and widely recognized for their elegant character, especially his trademark helical stairways. The house is additionally of interest as the home of Harry Lapworth Holmes, designed specifically for his occupancy following his marriage to Eleanor, and serving as his residence from construction until his death in 1959. With his brother, David, Harry was the owner of Bear Creek Orchards, later Harry & David, a nationally prominent innovator of mail-order marketing through their Fruit-of-the-Month club. Harry & David sold high quality pears and other fruits, developing a highly successful operation that was among the largest of its type in the nation. Harry and Eleanor Holmes House nomination form

  • Mill City Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR) Bridge, Mill City, Marion/Linn Counties, Listed in June 2021 - The Mill City SPRR Bridge is a rare Oregon example of a Phoenix Column Pratt thru truss bridge, as designed and manufactured by the Phoenix Bridge Company, of Phoenixville, PA. The span was built for the Southern Pacific Rail Road for use in California c1885. Typical of Phoenix Column spans, the bridge was disassembled and relocated, first to Lake Oswego, OR, c1901 and then finally to Mill City in 1919. In Mill City, it replaced an earlier wood truss bridge at the same location, to carry the railroad across the North Santiam River, serving the timber and logging interests in the region. Railroad use continued until 1971, after which the bridge was converted and minimally modified for its current bike and pedestrian use. Mill City Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR) Bridge nomination form

  • Oregon Trail: La Grande to Hilgard Segment, Union County, listed in June 2021 - The Oregon Trail: La Grande to Hilgard Segment is significant for its association with the movement of goods and persons, fostering communication and economic growth in the local area and throughout the state. The trail segment was consistently used by overland emigrants, freighters carrying mining equipment, foodstuffs, and other commodities, and was used by stage companies carrying passengers across the greater Blue Mountains. The period of significance is 1840-1867, beginning with the first use by emigrants of the trail and ending when a toll and freight road was constructed from the Grande Ronde Valley, up the Grande Ronde River, to Hilgard that offered an alternative route for emigrants. Oregon Trail: La Grande to Hilgard Segment nomination form

  • The Oregon Trail, Oregon, 1840 to 1880 MPD, Statewide, listed in June 2021 - The Oregon Trail Multiple Property Document provides an overview of the history of the Oregon Trail through four different historical contexts. Thematic Contexts discussed in the document include: Geography and Natural Character; Physical Character and Setting of the Road; Exploration, Transportation Use, Settlement; Social, Political and Cultural Significance; and Economic and Commercial Significance. The document also establishes a framework for identifying and listing Oregon Trail resources in the National Register of Historic Places. There are many different types of resources associated with the Oregon Trail, some of which include: trail/wagon road segments; fur trade posts; toll gates; camping sites; etc. Oregon Trail Multiple Property Document

​To see if a property in Oregon is in the National Register of Historic Places, visit the Historic Sites Database.

Properties can also be locally designated and might be subject to local restrictions. Be sure to check your local government for local landmark designations that may exist. A good place to start is with your local planning office.


Contact

Robert Olguin
(503) 602-2468
robert.olguin@oprd.oregon.gov

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