The Irvington neighborhood is located in Northeast Portland between 7th and 26th Avenues west to east and between Broadway and Fremont south to north. The neighborhood is almost entirely residential, with houses (some of them huge) dating from the late 1800’s through the 1920’s. There are also several apartment buildings and complexes in the southern blocks of the ‘hood and some more suburban-looking housing in the northern portion. Irving Park is a couple blocks long by a couple blocks wide, and is located in the northwest corner of Irvington.
As in the last neighborhood tour thread, I went strictly by city of Portland neighborhood association maps, so in this case, I have photos of the north side of Broadway, although this street would probably be considered part of the Lloyd District (Irvington’s southern neighbor) by locals. Broadway has pretty much the only non-residential area in Irvington, and it’s the southern border (there is only one other small set of shops within the center of the neighborhood). With the lack of retail, especially in the northern part of the neighborhood, and all of the medium density residences concentrated in the southern blocks, there didn’t seem to be a lot of pedestrian activity, although it was nice and easy to walk around. The quiet feel is largely by design since, when Irvington was set up in the late 1800s, it was zoned as an “exclusive” neighborhood – nothing but residential was allowed, homes had to be a generous setback from the street and had a minimum cost, etc.
I took these photos on a few days earlier this month, and it was cloudy and/or rainy each time I went there… my camera’s not the greatest, and the place probably would have looked better if there was some sun or blue sky… or leaves on the trees. Anyway, here you go…
Starting at the south with Broadway
Possibly the only Hummer in the city of Portland…
Residential blocks north of B’way
There are several complexes like this at the southeast corner of the neighborhood… I thought it was probably only necessary to take a photo of one!
An old house… now a bed & breakfast I believe
Some newer stuff
I think this is a b&b too
Irving Park at the far northwest corner of Irvington