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The Newest Portland Landmark to Be Added to the National Register of Historic Places Is…Terwilliger Parkway?

Terwilliger Parkway was first envisioned by famous landscape architect John C. Olmsted as a scenic gateway to the city.

Another Portland landmark has been added to the National Register of Historic Places—and, unless you've spent time biking in the Southwest Hills, it's something you might not think of as a "landmark."

This month, Terwilliger Parkway was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Bike Portland was the first to note the winding, bike-and-car road's recent inclusion.

The parkway was nominated by the nonprofit Friends of Terwilliger.

Though it's now mostly known as a bike-friendly way to get to and from downtown, Terwilliger Parkway was first envisioned by famous landscape architect John C. Olmsted as a scenic gateway to the city, offering views of the urban landscape and its surrounding natural beauty. It first opened in 1914 and is considered a local hallmark of the City Beautiful Movement, a city planning philosophy that emphasized natural beauty over utilitarianism.

"Listing establishes a heightened level of review and protection for projects in the parkway," Friends of Terwilliger president Anton Vetterlein said in the organization's announcement, "Which is critical considering that Oregon Health & Science University and city bureaus are frequently doing work that affects park property and the roadway through it."