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Peacock Lane Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Nov. 14, 2017

Peacock Lane, a small, distinctive neighborhood comprising 32 residences located between SE Stark and SE Belmont Streets, in place of SE 40th Avenue in the east Portland grid. It was developed as a small, planned community between 1923 and 1930 by Richard Fleming Wassell, real estate developer and designer of most of the houses in the district. The district is well-known throughout the City of Portland for its collection of uniquely unified residential architecture, all of which reflect Tudor Revival and English Cottage styles based on medieval European precedents. The Peacock Lane Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unified architectural design language, and for its early accommodation of the automobile, most notably demonstrated by the inclusion of attached and detached garages on every property. In addition to these features, for which the district was listed through the Multiple Property Submission, "Historic Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960," the district is widely recognized for its highly-anticipated annual Christmas Lights display, which draws thousands of visitors to the district during the holiday season.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting, and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Peacock Lane Historic District is now one of 18 historic districts in the City of Portland that are listed in the National Register. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).