Irvington, a big chunk of Northeast Portland enshrined as one of the city's National Historic Districts, features a gorgeous gallery of early 20th Century architectural styles. The neighborhood's notably English character—Tudors and various neo-Victorian notes abound—is punctuated by eclectic touches of Mediterranean, modernist, and classic Portland bungalow design. (The neighborhood is also traditionally home to a notable number of local writers and politicians.)

This coming weekend's Irvington Home Tour—the city's longest-running example of this most genteel (and entertaining) form of voyeurism—explores a number of the neighborhood's most striking and historically significant properties. It's a rare opportunity to see inside a district that does as much as any to define Portland's leafy, walkable, communitarian residential ideal. It's a ticketed event, so book your place on this excursion into a few of the city's classic homes.

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