Public Programs

Newton Preservation Awards

Queen Anne Victorian house before preservation renovations began.Queen Anne Victorian house in the process of being renovated.Queen Anne Victorian house after all renovations were completed.

The Newton Preservation Awards, a collaboration between Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission, recognize projects that feature the preservation of Newton's historic buildings and landscape, promote awareness of the city's historic fabric, and celebrate the people who dedicate themselves to the practice of historic preservation in the city of Newton. 

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Newton Preservation Awards at

Project Requirements and Eligibility

  • All nominations must be received no later than Friday, September 19, 2014.
  • All projects muse be located in Newton, Massachusetts.
  • All architectural projects must have been completed between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014.
  • Nominations in all other categories may be in progress or continuing projects.
  • Photographs of completed architectural projects are mandatory. "Before" photos are highly encouraged.
  • Nominations submitted in previous years that did not receive awards may be revised and resubmitted.

Nominations Must Include

  • A fully completed nomination form.
  • Statement of achievement, which should describe in detail: the historical significance of the nominated resource; the elements of the preservation project and the historic preservation accomplishments that make this a deserving project; the project objectives, how they were met, and the materials used. In the case of individuals, the statement of achievement should describe in detail the individual's achievements and contributions to historic preservation in Newton.
  • Photographs submitted by mail or email.
  • List of contributors, including architects, contractors, crafts people, consultants, and other professionals who significantly contributed to the project.
  • Letters of support are optional.

Please direct questions to Hannah Weisman at 617-796-1463.


Hayfest! Be there or be squareHayfest is a family-friendly outdoor festival held each fall in celebration of the Jackson Homestead. You can travel back in time to the nineteenth century: learn to weave wool into cloth, make your own butter, press your own cider, dip candles, and more! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. This is an event which is fun for the whole family. (Left, preparing to use natural sources to dye cloth, at Hayfest.)

Annual House Tour

Each spring, Historic Newton’s Annual House Tour is one of the city’s most anticipated events.  The mission of the House Tour is to open the doors to a select group of remarkable Newton homes and non-commercial properties each year that showcase excellence in historical preservation, restoration, and creative modern interpretation and adaptation in a broad spectrum of architecture and interior design styles.  By doing so, the House Tour encourages financial support for Historic Newton and celebrates efforts that enhanced the beauty of the community in a way consistent with the charter of Historic Newton. Click here for more information about the House Tour.