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PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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NW Children’s Theater & School (NWCT) and Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center (NNCC) present, “The Renaissance of the Historic Alphabet District”, the 2nd Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes. The tour will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will begin at the Historic Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center (originally known as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1909), located at 1819 NW Everett Street in Portland, Oregon 97209.

Tickets for this interesting NW Portland walking tour are $25 and will be available April 1, 2013 through NWCT’s website: or at NNCC the day of the event. For further information please contact NWCT at 503-222-4480.

Participants in the tour will enjoy knowing that all proceeds will support Capital Improvements for the one of the neighborhood’s most unique structures, the Historic NW Neighborhood Cultural Center, and to upgrade the facilities for the NW Children’s Theater & School and its other tenants.

What has become known as the Historic Alphabet District (roughly West Burnside to NW Lovejoy and NW 17th to NW 24th Avenues) was platted in 1865 by sea captain John Couch and officially put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. There are four criteria to be included in the Registry: 1) The birthplace of important local institutions, 2) The residence of people who contributed to the shaping of the city, 3) A significant collection of quality examples and styles of architecture, 4) important archeological artifacts. The period of significance begins in 1880, the earliest date of construction for the oldest remaining resources and ends with the beginning of World War II. Thereafter follows three decades of decline.

The placement of the neighborhood on the National Historic Register was the culmination of 30+ years of efforts begun in the late 1960s to save a “blighted” neighborhood. Hundreds of buildings had been lost and entire blocks of century old buildings were slated for demolition to build parking lots and freeways. Eventually like-minded residents banded together and sued City Hall. As a result, the Office of Neighborhood Associations was established and a Comprehensive Planning document was adopted leading eventually to the high level of livability that Portland residents enjoy today.

As participants in this highly informational walking tour through this special neighborhood and these unique eight historic resources, people will experience the positive results and learn about the unusual combination of factors that took place over 120 years ago. There is no other neighborhood like the Historic Alphabet District!

“The Renaissance of the Historic Alphabet District”, the 2nd Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes includes the following sites: The First Church of Christ Scientist (1909) aka Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center; The Nathan Simon Home (1880); The Trenkman Home (1890); Henry & Hattie Fries Home (1905); The Elliston (1889); The Campbell Townhomes (1893); The George Williams Townhomes (1883); Couch Family Investment Home (1884).


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WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.

TICKETS: $25 at or at NNCC on day of event

AGE RANGE: Most enjoyed by ages 6 and up

INFO: 503-222-4480 or


Release Date: March 19, 2013

Kill Date: May 5, 2013

Media Contact: To set up interviews or discuss other possibilities for feature stories, please contact: Marri-Beth Serritella, Sucha Production, Inc. at 503-528-1370 or

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