1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Preserve, restore and rehabilitate key, character-defining historic features and significant historic artifacts held in Newton's 1932 Georgian-style City Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the surrounding landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, while allowing this historic building to meet current community needs.
See also City Archives page for related projects at several sites, including but not limited to City Hall.
|$446,910||CPA funds appropriated (historic resources)|
|$386,150||CPA funds spent (all unspent balances returned to Community Preservation Fund)|
|$1,100,000- $3,200,000||additional CPA requests anticipated (based on Fy14-19 Capital Improvement Plans )|
NOTE: Amounts above exclude the City-owned Civil War Monument, on the grounds of the private Newton Cemetery.
1997 - listing of Newton City Hall on the National Register of Historic Places
February 2012 - City Hall Historic Building Report - from CPA-funded series for all historic City buildings
|for 2004 assessment of War Memorial exterior stairs:|
|$15,000||CP funds appropriated & spent (historic resources)|
|for 2013-14 acoustics & accessibility project (final funding came only from non-CPA sources):|
|$80,000||federal (CDBG) funds spent|
|$749,950||CPA funds originally requested (historic resources)|
|$581,741||additional CPA funds that would have been requested if scope of work was expanded at CPC request|
15 October 2004 - Proposal for Assessment
30 March 2005 - CPC funding recommendation
16 May 2005 - Board order (appropriation)
February-July 2013 - pre-proposal
18-20 December 2013 - corrected full proposal (orig. submission 15 November 2013):
additional background documents:
26 February 2013 - slide presentation to CPC public hearing
19-23 June 2014 - revised draft proposal, with potential expanded/alternative scope requested by the CPC (accessible exterior entrance and restrooms; exterior elevator as alternative for accomplishing project goals)
10 April 2015 - Public Buildings' official withdrawal of this proposal (project funded from non-CPA sources)
June 2006 - Interim Assessment Report
Restore key, character-defining features of Newton's 1932 Georgian-style City Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: balustrade and cupola, arched wood windows (especially in the second-floor Aldermanic Chambers and War Memorial Auditorium); lighting in main public corridors.
|$391,260||CPA funds appropriated 2003-04 (historic resources)|
|$330,500||CPA funds spent 2004-2008 (unspent balance returned to CP Fund)|
|$1,093,000||CPA funds to be requested as of 2012 (historic resources)|
|$1,423,500||TOTAL of CPA funds spent + anticipated requests|
December 2002 - combined proposal for multiple features of City Hall (cupola & balustrade, windows, lighting)
8 January 2003 - revised proposal:
February 2003 -
7 April 2003 - CPC funding recommendation
May 2003-May 2004 - Board orders (appropriations):
3 July 2012 - City Hall historic windows pre-proposal
2 November 2012 - The City of Newton postponed submission of a full proposal.
24 July 2013 - The CPC agreed to consider a full proposal once a prototype study has been completed to assess repair, restoration and replacement options for the various styles of historic windows in City Hall.
2003-04 - original project timelines
7 June 2013 - consultant assessment report on City Hall windows
Provide a phased plan for the preservation and rehabilitation of this award-winning landscape, designed and installed in 1931-32 by Henry Vincent Hubbard of the Olmsted Brothers firm to complement the Georgian design of Newton's new City Hall, with ponds fed by Cold Spring Brook.
|$40,650||CPA funds appropriated & spent (historic resources), including $650 for City of Newton legal services|
27 April 2005 - preservation plan: CPC funding recommendation
20 June 2005 - preservation plan: Board order (appropriation)
8 August 2005 - Board order (appropriation), with supporting documents:
October 2006 - Final Preservation Report & Recommendations (long files, may load slowly)