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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 under consideration:

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

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@oregon.gov

Recently Listed Oregon Properties in the National Register of Historic Places

  • Darcele XV, Portland, Multnomah County, listed on November 2, 2020 -  Located in downtown Portland, the drag venue Darcelle XV is nationally significant for its role in gaining acceptance for drag and gay rights and as a safe place that anchored the LGBTQ community far beyond the reach of any LGBTQ bar. Darcelle XV was well-known on the west coast starting as early as 1968 and was able to consistently pull in a mixed gay and straight audience starting in about 1970. The nightclub held drag pageants and competitions which drew participants from all over the United States. By the early 1970s, Darcelle XV was a well-known powerhouse of drag support and sponsorship on the west coast and that impact continues through today as Darcelle continues to perform. Darcelle XV nomination form

  • German Baptist Old People's Home, Portland, Multnomah County, listed in October 2020 - In the 1920s, Portland had one of the largest German Baptist congregations in the United States and Canada—a religious group known for the emphasis they placed on retaining their use of the German language. One of the missions of the German Baptist church was to care for their local community and their elders and so the church’s leadership decided to raise funds for a state-of-the-art elder care facility that would be planned for future expansion. The first building for this facility was built in 1928, and subsequent building construction phases occurred in 1931, 1941, and 1950. In the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, private elder care homes came about as a means of providing seniors with comfortable and dignified housing. These facilities provided meals, activities, social and religious connections, and varying degrees of caregiving and medical support. German Baptist Old People's Home nomination form

  • New Fliedner Building, Portland, Multnomah County, listed in October 2020 - The New Fliedner building is a 45,000-square-foot, five-story commercial building in downtown Portland. Originally built in 1906, it was re-designed in 1931 by local architect Richard Sundeleaf who gave it distinct Zig-Zag Moderne style on its street-facing façades. This building is one of the few known local examples to illustrate this style of architecture in the city. New Fliedner Building nomination form

  • Postal Employees Credit Union, Portland, Multnomah County, listed in October 2020. Constructed in 1962 by architects John W. Reese and Frank E. Blachly, the Postal Employee Credit Union is an excellent example of a banking building designed in the International Style with elements of Northwest Regionalism – a local variant of the Modernism movement. Following World War II, bank architecture underwent a considerable design shift in response to multiple factors including new bank legislation and a booming postwar economy. Financial institutions embraced the language of Modernism more readily than other building types as a way of casting off long-held public perception that banks were traditional and stuffy. Modernism was a form of passive advertising for banks, demonstrating a new business model that emphasized openness and friendly convenience to a growing middleclass customer base. With its progressive design, auto-accessible convenience, and welcoming light-filled interior, the Postal Employees Credit Union embodied the features of a quintessential modern bank building from the mid-century period. Postal Employees Credit Union Nomination Form

  • Forest Grove Historic District, Forest Grove, Washington County, listed in October 2020. The Forest Grove Downtown Historic District is located at the heart of the City of Forest Grove. The approximately 9.2-acre district is a commercial area composed of one-to-three-story buildings of primarily brick and concrete construction and roughly bounded by 1 parcel north of 21st Ave, Ash St, 19th St, and A St. This cohesive commercial district represents the business history of Forest Grove and reflect this era of development in small towns and neighborhoods in Oregon and beyond. The district comprises 39 properties constructed between circa 1890 and 1990, with the vast majority of the buildings having been constructed in the last decade of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century. The largest number of buildings that are still extant today were constructed in the 1920s. Forest Grove Historic District nomination form

  • Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Josephine County, listed in October 2020. Established in 1906 following the donation of land to the City, Riverside Park was the first large public recreation open-space in Grants Pass and almost immediately became a focal point for a variety of community recreation and events.  Located on the bank of the Rogue River, the park’s initial focus on the water and swimming was enhanced by the development of specific amenities including a boathouse and swimming hole, and slowly augmented by additional features, including a band stand, picnic areas, and expanded lawns, groves of trees, and other plantings. Nearly twenty-five acres in size, the park is characterized by groves of pines, firs, cedars, and other mature trees, some pre-dating the park development, large lawns used for a variety of community events and picnicking, and sports fields. Created during the “City Beautiful” era, Riverside Park marks a major milestone in the city’s development and growth into a mature community that could, and did, provide a broad range of public amenities to its citizenry. Riverside Park nomination form

  • African American Resources in Portland, from 1851 to 1973 Multiple Property Document, Portland, Multnomah County, listed July 2020 - This document provides an overview of the history of African Americans in Portland through seven different historical contexts and establishes a framework for identifying and listing Portland’s African American resources in the National Register of Historic Places. This thematic document provides resources and guidance for individuals interested in listing properties in the National Register. African American Resources in Portland MPD form

  • Williams Avenue YWCA, Portland, Multnomah County, listed July 2020 - Currently the Billy Webb Elks Lodge #1050 at 6 N. Tillamook St., the building has long been a dedicated place for the African American community. The early history of the property has a special association with African American women’s history, as the site was developed by the African American branch of the YWCA. The Portland branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) located its offices in the basement of the building from 1956 through 1964, and the Oregon Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, Urban League of Portland, and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) also held gatherings in its meeting rooms, auditorium, and lounge space. After more than nine decades of continuous association with Portland’s African American community, the building remains owned and occupied by a historically African American organization (the Billy Webb Elks of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, or IBPOEW). Williams Avenue YWCA nomination form

  • Buena Vista Social Clubhouse, Clackamas County, Oregon City, listed July 2020 - is the only non-residential building that remains from the Buena Vista Neighborhood before it was absorbed into the greater McLoughlin Neighborhood. The Buena Vista Civic Improvement Club had a significant impact on the civic and social development of the Buena Vista Neighborhood through the establishment of infrastructure (including road improvements, sidewalks, and signage), the replacement of the Madison Street Bridge, the creation of Atkinson Park, and the establishment of the clubhouse building, which served as the only civic and social meeting space ever constructed in the neighborhood. Thus, the clubhouse building stands as the best surviving physical example of the impact that the Club had on the Buena Vista Neighborhood, which grew dramatically in size and prestige due to the actions of the Club, including becoming the fastest growing community in Clackamas County and garnering regional praise. Buena Vista Social Clubhouse nomination form

  • D. H. Sphier Building, Bend, Deschutes County, listed July 2020 - Originally built as a six-storeroom building in 1917, it is one of the largest original brick buildings in downtown Bend. The Sphier Building housed a number of new businesses between its opening in 1917 and the late 1920s which became significant contributors to Bend’s early commercial economy. Additionally, the Sphier Building is one of only several buildings remaining which were constructed by E.P. Brosterhous, a master craftsman especially of stone and brick. Mr. Brosterhous built the historic Reid School and Court House prior to building the Sphier Building and later the Old Bend Union High School. D. H. Sphier Building nomination form

  • Folgebo House, Portland, Washington County, listed July 2020 - Built by Henry Steiner and his sons, the Rustic style Fogelbo House reflects Steiners distinct type of Northwestern craftsmanship and architecture. Constructed for Oscar Olson, a Swedish immigrant, Steiner was chosen as the builder because of his Old-World craftsmanship, use of traditional carving techniques, and his northern European-inspired rustic designs. Ownership of the house has stayed within the Nordic community and over the years has become the location for the Nordic community to hold meetings, social gatherings, visits from dignitaries and royalty, and cultural events and celebrations. Ross Fogelquist, the current resident of Fogelbo, is an essential member of the Portland Swedish-American community and has founded and lead several clubs, organizations and societies including Swedish Society Linnea, New Sweden Heritage Society, and Nordic Northwest (formerly Scandinavian Heritage Foundation). The house was one of the first Steiner cabins built outside of the Mount Hood area and was designed for full time occupancy, unlike those in the Mount Hood area that typically were smaller in design (one-story) and intended for temporary use. Fogelbo House nomination form

​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@oregon.gov

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