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 invite you to join us in celebrating the 2014 Newton Preservation Awards
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Boston College Alumni House (825 Centre Street in Newton)

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, November 5, 
online at or by contacting Hannah Weisman at or 617-796-1463.

We thank our Preservation Awards sponsors for their generosity and support of historic preservation in our community:

Supporting Sponsors 
Lucy Caldwell-Stair     Victoria Graboys

 Contributing Sponsors 
 Building Conservation Associates      Donald Lang, AIA; DLA Architecture.

Friends of Preservation 
Encore Properties     Marion and Larry Green      Strongheart Construction 

Annual House Tour

Entry hall in a Victorian house.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
12 to 5 p.m.

Historic Newton’s Annual House Tour is one of the city’s most anticipated annual events. The tour features a select group of remarkable Newton homes and non-commercial properties that showcase excellence in historical preservation, restoration, and creative modern interpretation, and adaptation in a broad spectrum of architecture and interior design styles. The House Tour also generates financial support for Historic Newton. Click here for more information about this year's House Tour.


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.)