Eastmoreland Historic District

If you are a resident of Eastmoreland and want to stop demolitions of homes in your important and amazing historic neighborhood, please sign this declaration of support in favor of designating Eastmoreland as an official Historic District in Oregon. 

General HD Info

HD Considerations

Historic Resource Reviews & Procedures in Portland

Portland Approval Criteria

Historic Resource Review in Portland, Oregon: What it Means for Owners of a Historic Property


Eastmoreland HD Info

HEART Eastmoreland Website & Facebook Page

Eastmoreland HD Website – Q&A, benefits, documents

Eastmoreland NA HD Timeline

Eastmoreland NA HD Presentation with workshop, timeline, pros, etc.


Other Neighborhoods’ HD Info

Albina Historic District planning document

  • 1992 document including planning, advantages and process


Historic Irvington – Design Review Process for remodels and permits

Portland Tribune – Irvington HD Nomination – 2010

A nomination report by Kirk Ranzetta and Heather Scotten of Portland’s Entrix Inc. and neighborhood volunteers Mary Piper and Jim Heuer, focuses on the area as an example of the city’s ‘streetcar suburbs’ that grew around the region as mass transportation spread.

More than 100 volunteers worked through the Irvington Community Association for three years to compile information on individual houses and take about 7,000 photographs for the national register nomination process. The group raised $21,000 to hire consultants who eventually put all the information together for the state committee to consider.


Peacock Hill going for HD designation – Oct. 11, Portland Tribune

“Once neighbors realized they had no legal standing to prevent Everett Custom Homes from building on Peacock Lane, efforts began to become a historic district to prevent future developments from being built out of character.”
Read the BEE – Eastmoreland News – Letters to the editor about Historic District process

Gabriel Bacelar

Historic District Myths:

As developers who are opponents to Historic District designation begin spreading “alternate facts” which are not facts at all, we wanted to present the actual facts, backed up by documentation and research, to show that HD designation is not a burden on the homeowner, but helps promote livability, preserve the environment, and is beneficial for property values.

Myth: Under Historic District guidelines, I wouldn’t be able to make any changes to my house inside or out without getting approval from some bureau or council.

Fact: Only some exterior building and renovations may be subject to the historic review process. Changes made to the interior of homes are NOT subject to any historic review process. Historic Irvington has a great document explaining the historic review process and what may or may not need historic review. Here are some other examples of renovations that are exempt from historic review.

  • Interior paint jobs and remodeling.
  • Storm and screen window/door additions or removals.
  • Construction of a detached accessory structure with 200 square feet or less of floor area when that structure is at least 40 feet from a front property line and, if on a corner lot, at least 25 feet from a side street lot line.
  • Alterations to non-contributing resources on non-street facing facades where alterations on all facades total less than 150 square feet.

Myth: Historic District permits are expensive.
Fact: While normal building and remodeling permits can cost thousands and big remodeling jobs can cost hundreds of thousands, historic district permits typically cost $250. The city of Portland recently reduced the fee structure and increased the number of city employees able to help with the permit process in response to input from Irvington residents.

Myth: New construction offsets the environmental effects of demolition and new houses are better for the environment than older ones.
Fact: Old homes have a level of craftsmanship and materials that cannot be matched today.  When they are demolished, huge amounts of materials hit landfills, a negative effect which takes decades to offset even by new building practices.

Myth: Historic Districts are undemocratic.
Fact:  Supporting historic designation is a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor effort. The majority of people who chose to live among these beautiful houses are voting to protect them.

Myth: Historic Districts are a means to avoid density.

Fact: Under historic designation, expansion of housing capacity will not be compromised. More than 20 percent of Eastmoreland homes will be eligible for infill expansion to meet community needs.