City of Portland Historic Preservation Division
The City of Portland’s historic preservation program was established in 1990 with the goal of identifying, designating and preserving properties and areas within the city of historic, architectural and/or cultural significance. Today, more than 2,000 properties, in areas as diverse as the Old Port, Stroudwater, India Street, Fort McKinley and the West End, are protected under Portland’s historic preservation ordinance. The intent of the regulatory program is not to prevent change, but to thoughtfully manage it so that the unique character of the city’s historic buildings, parks, commercial districts and neighborhoods is retained and enhanced over time. Contact staff in the Historic Preservation Division for information about review requirements and for assistance with your project.