CPA Proposals & Projects

New Art Center 

61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460


Preserve and rehabilitate this historic late 19th-century former church in the Washington Park National Register Historic District, for accessibility, security, and energy efficiency. After using the building as a community college and for other educational purposes, the City of Newton sold it in 1977 for $1 to a private nonprofit organization. Ownership reverts to the City if the building is used for anything other than a community art center.


$72,652 CPA funds appropriated (historic resources)
$42,421 funds from other sources (including Massachusetts Cultural Council, but primarily private donations)



Funding Process



31 May 2013 - pre-proposal, including: analysis of historic significance & significant historic features; map & photos; deeds documenting transfer of the property from the City of Newton to a private nonprofit, contingent on the building's continued use as a community art center


21 May 2015 - updated pre-proposal for preservation planning, including: updated project description & scope; updated analysis of historic significance & significant historic features; map, photos & deeds submitted with 2013 pre-proposal

30 September 2015 - full proposal for preservation planning, including: project summary, budgets and project manager qualifications; photos & map; analysis of historic significance; deed; and letters of support

full proposal attachments (these long documents may load slowly):

5 November 2015 - presentation to CPC public hearing

3 December 2015 - CPC recommendation to Board of Aldermen/City Council

21 December 2015 - Board order (appropriation)


Project News


from Planning & Development Dept.'s Historic Preservation webpages:

5 May 2016 - CPA grant agreement 

27 August 2018 - final report to CPC, with separately posted potential historic rehabilitation plans, including construction cost estimate, floor plans & elevations

11 September 2018 - City of Newton certification that plans comply with federal historic standards required by the Community Preservation Act 

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