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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

  • Britt Gardens Site, Jackson County, listed on March 6, 2020 -  The Britt Gardens is the former homestead of photographer, agricultural innovator and renowned capitalist Peter Britt. Britt arrived in Oregon in 1852 and lived and worked at this property until his death in 1905. Britt's photographs documenting prominent people, places and events in the second half of the 19th century were known throughout the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Britt helped pioneer the pear and grape agricultural industries that helped define the region's economy. Pear orchards became a powerful economic driver in the 20th century, and grape cultivation for wineries lead part of the region's 21st century economy. Britt is also known for creating a formal garden on his property that was a cherished community space and popular tourist destination. While homestead sites are commonly found around the state, the historical context, condition, and archaeological deposits of the Britt Gardens Site make it a remarkable site for providing information. Two generations lived on the property for over a century, and well-preserved photographs, diaries, letters and family heirlooms provide important data about the settlement of Oregon. Britt Gardens Site nomination form.
  • Portland Zoo Railway Historic District, Multnomah County, listed in March 2020 - Engineered, designed and built by professional railroad engineers and train designers in 1958, the Portland Zoo Railway, which transported people between the Oregon Zoo and Washington Park, is a significant example of railroad and train engineering on a small scale. Notable features include the 30" gauge track, six original train cars, the Washington Park Station, and the railway roundhouse for servicing and storing the locomotives. Parts of the railroad were developed to provide recreational rides through the zoo at Oregon's centennial celebration. Zoo Railway Historic District nomination form.
  • Multnomah School, Multnomah County, listed in March 2020 - Constructed in 1923 in Multnomah Village, the Spanish Colonial Revival school served as the community's only school until its closure in 1979, representing the community's commitment to public education. In 1982, the Portland Parks Bureau took over the school and with community support and involvement adapted it into the Multnomah Arts Center and Senior Center, thereby continuing and expanding its critical role as a community resource. Multnomah School nomination form.
  • Elmer and Linnie Miller House, Multnomah County, listed in March 2020. Located in the Eliot neighborhood, this Queen Anne style house was constructed in 1896. It showcases the asymmetry and decorative millwork that characterized the architecture of the era. Miller House nomination form.
  • John A. and Hattie Mae Keating Residence, Multnomah County, listed in March 2020. The Keating Residence is a Shingle Style and Arts & Crafts residence in Portland's West Hills designed by architect Ellis F. Lawrence in 1913. Lawrence was the founder and first dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The home reflects a change in architecture trends to more open floor plans. It also stands out for its innovative centralized vacuum system. Keating Residence nomination form.
  • Wheeldon Annex, Multnomah County, listed in March 2020. This downtown apartment complex was built in 1911 and is one of the earliest surviving examples of the “U shape" apartment building that became ubiquitous in Portland and cities nationwide. Built by architects MacNaughton and Raymond in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the five-story brick structure is associated with a period of explosive growth in Portland during the first half of the 20th century. The Wheeldon Annex was considered highly modern and respectable, notable for its built-in, fold-away furniture, single bathrooms for every apartment, dumbwaiters and tenant services. Wheeldon Annex nomination form.
  • The Supreme Court and Library Building, Marion County, listed on March 4, 2020 - Constructed in 1914, the building was spared from the capitol fire of 1935. This was the first building constructed solely for state Supreme Court matters in Oregon. Prior, the judicial department operated out of the 1876 State House, along with all branches of government. William C. Knighton, Oregon's first and only State Architect, designed the building in the Beaux Arts style, characterized by the classical architectural detailing such as the Ionic columns, symmetry, and marble floors. It is considered Knighton's finest representation of the Beaux Arts and is one of his most recognizable works. In addition, the building garnered recognition beyond Oregon's borders. In 1915, the governing body of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition presented a bronze placard to the State of Oregon to commemorate the dedication of the building. The Supreme Court and Library Building is the 67th listed property in the City of Salem and the first listing since the Lord and Schryver House and Garden in December 2014. The Supreme Court and Library Building nomination form.
  • Fried-Durkheimer House, Multnomah County, Portland, listed on Nov. 8, 2019 - Constructed in 1880 for Morris and Annie Marks, the Fried-Durkheimer House is an exemplar of an Italianate Town House and one of few examples of an Italianate Town House remaining in Portland. The house features original exterior details that define the style such as the large ornamented windows, overhanging eaves with decorative brackets, curved hall stair, and marble fireplace surround. In 2017, the Fried-Durkheimer House was moved approximately 5 blocks east and 12 blocks south of its original location. The move was an effort to save the house from developmental pressures, which were threatening demolition. Popular in Portland between the 1860s and 1890s, the Italianate style emerged as a response to the relatively plain, bold, straight lines of the Greek Revival and Gothic Revival styles. Italianate emphasized height, ornate arches, balconies with balustrades all the while maintaining balance, unity, and a strong emphasis on the horizontal line. For more information, download the Fried-Durkheimer House nomination.
  • Beauchamp Building, Marion County, Stayton, listed on Nov. 1, 2019 - The Beauchamp Building is one of several pre-cast concrete block buildings in Stayton constructed on the west side of 3rd Avenue between 1908 and 1916. Nine pre-cast concrete block buildings from this period still exist along a three-block portion of 3rd Avenue in Stayton's downtown. The Beauchamp is the only building in Stayton to be all plain-face pre-cast concrete block. Originally built to house a pharmacy, a specialty store and a dancehall, the Beauchamp building anchored and helped define Stayton's business district and movement of the downtown core to the north, and aided in the commercial ascendency of Stayton from a village to a town. For more information, download the Beauchamp Building nomination.
  • Roy E. & Hildur L. Amundesen House, Multnomah County, Gresham, listed July 15, 2010 - Built in 1961, the Amundsen House is locally significant for its architecture as an excellent, intact example of a Wrightian-styled, architect-designed residence in Gresham's Northwest Neighborhood. The house displays many distinctive characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian designs in its small size, slab-on-grade foundation with radiant floor heat, horizontal emphasis, natural ornamentation, use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, central hearth, and minimal ornamentation. For more information, download the Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House nomination.

​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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