Irvington Neighborhood, Portland, OR

Robert F Lytle HouseIrvington is a neighborhood in Northeast Portland bordered by King, Sabin and Alameda neighborhoods to the north; Alameda and Grant Park to the east; Sullivan’s Gulch and the Lloyd District to the south; and Eliot to the west. Irvington is a square shaped neighborhood between NE 7th Ave and NE 26th Ave and between NE Broadway St and NE Fremont St from south to north. Irvington neighborhood is known for its large old mansions on big lots built in late 1800’s.  In fact, Irvington is a historical district since 2010.  The neighborhood has a very nice park on the northwestern tip called Irvington City Park and has many shops and restaurants on NE Fremont St and NE Broadway.

Irvington was platted in 1887 and the residential development started, which attracted lots of wealthy residents in the early 1900’s who built some of the most expansive craftsman and colonial revival style homes in the neighborhood. The neighborhood had a sense of exclusivity in the early development days with high prices and restrictions of how big and expensive properties had to be. The development slowed down at the break of the World War I.

Today, you will see some of the old beautiful homes built in the early days in late 1800’s that still remained intact as well as lots of smaller bungalows and modern condos on quiet, tree-lined streets. Irvington is the largest historic district in Oregon where 85 percent of 2,800 properties are considered “contributing” and retain their original appearance. Irvington neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Irvington Historic District in 2010.

Irvington Boundary Decrease

Photo in courtesy of the Oregonian

In December, 2014, however, the Irvington Historic District Northeast Boundary Decrease Committee proposed removing 34 blocks from the Irvington Historic District. The Nomination for the boundary decrease has been filed with the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office, citing differences in physical appearance and historic development. The area to be removed from the Historic District roughly bounded on the south by NE Knott Street, on the north by NE Fremont Street, on the east by NE 27th, and on the west by NE 21st. The committee suggested that the proposed boundary decrease area more closely resembles an early-to-mid twentieth century residential working-class neighborhood, not the core area of historic Irvington. The decision has not been rendered yet and the entire neighborhood is part of the Historic District as of today.

A famous structure in Irvington neighborhood is the Rogert F. Lytle House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architect was David L. Williams.

Neighborhood Data for Irvington, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  72 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland  12 min
Population  5,791 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 9,379
Median Age 40 Home Ownership % 63%
Parks (% of Neighborhood) 4% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 35%
Average Commute Time 23 min % Commuters by Public Transit 11%
% of Commuters by Bike 9% % of Commuters by Walking 7%
Number of Transit Lines 0 Number of Bus Lines 4

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