Reconnaissance Level Survey Will Be Conducted in the Lake Grove Neighborhood

The City of Lake Oswego will be conducting a Selective Reconnaissance Level Survey in the Lake Grove Neighborhood to help us better understand the important historic and architectural places that define the community.  A Selective Reconnaissance Level Survey is a systematic architectural survey of homes that are greater than 45 years old.  This project, is funded through a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). No property would ever receive a formal historic designation without the written consent of the property owner.  Consultants and city staff will photograph selected properties from the right-of-way, but will not access any property without permission from the home owner.  A Reconnaissance Level Survey identifies historically significant properties that merit closer analysis. Typically, properties are mapped, photographed and documented on standardized forms provided by the State Historic Preservation Office. A property is evaluated for potential historical significance, based upon its condition and architectural merit.

The Historic Resources Advisory Board (HRAB) selected the Lake Grove Neighborhood for the Reconnaissance Level Survey to:

  • Document the remaining structures in the Lake Grove Area that contribute Lake Oswego’s Mid-Century architectural history.
  • Identify future survey work of those properties that could be included on the City’s Landmark Designation List or National Register of Historic Places.
  • Provide a better education and research tool for the preservation community and citizens who are interested in researching their historic home.
  • Supplement and strengthen the body of information about Lake Oswego’s History within its regional historic context.
  • Contribute to the statewide database of historic properties maintained by the State Historic Preservation Office.
Contact Information

Paul Espe, Associate Planner
(503) 697-6577