CPA Proposals & Projects

Newton Centre Library Building

1294 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459

  • most recently occupied by City of Newton Health Department, so some documents below refer to the building as "Newton Health Department"


Hire a structural engineer, preservation/conservation consultant, energy auditor, and coordinating architect to inspect this former branch library and prepare plans and estimated costs for the restoration and rehabilitation of its exterior envelope. This building, which was designed and built between 1927 and 1934 with funds donated by Newton citizens, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


$26,425 CPA funds appropriated (historic resources)
$18,962 CPA funds spent (unspent balance returned)


  • Commissioner of Public Buildings
    52 Elliot Street
    Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
  • Planning & Development Dept.
    Newton City Hall
    1000 Commonwealth Avenue
    Newton Centre, MA 02459

Proposal Review & Appropriations

October 2004 - proposal for preservation & rehabilitation assessment

November 2004 - public hearing presentation with photos (long file, may load slowly)

13 January 2006 - CPC funding recommendation

6 March 2006 - Board order (appropriation)

Project Background & News

1988 - successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places

1997 - updated historic buildings inventory form (for the National Register)

6 March 2008 - final report from CPA-funded assessment: (several long files, may load slowly)

March 2012 - Historic Building Report from the CPA-funded series of similar reports for all historically significant City Buildings

  • covers: overall historic significance, historically significant features, treatment recommendations

September 2012 - Citizen Joint Advisory Planning Group Report (possible re-use plan)

  • Near the end of this report, the Public Buildings Dept. estimated the cost of addressing the building's basic needs as $1,585,000.

May-June 2015 - Request for [Statements of] Interest (RFI) in the re-use/re-development of this building

ongoing - The continuing process for this building is documented on the Planning & Development Department's "high interest projects" webpage for Newton Centre:


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