Historic Preservation



To identify, evaluate, and protect historic resources, which contribute to an understanding of the development of Newton.

Newton’s heritage exists in numerous historic resources including archaeological sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscapes. These resources span in age from thousands of years to post-World War II developments and modern architecture. The Newton Historical Commission, created in 1975, is charged with promoting the preservation of these assets as City’s advisory body on historic preservation issues and through the administration of the Demolition Delay Ordinance. The Newton Historical Commission also designates City Landmarks, and manages Preservation Restrictions on historic properties.

Newton also has four local historic districts: Newton Upper Falls; Chestnut Hill; Newtonville; and Auburndale. Each district is served by its own commission. Property owners in these districts submit applications to their specific commission for review of their proposed projects. Regular commission meetings occur monthly and are typically held in Room 202 City Hall. When contemplating changes applicants are encouraged to consult the City of Newton Historic Preservation Design Guidelines available on the Reports and Studies webpage.

The Planning Department provides staff support for the commissions and manages the City’s preservation efforts. Staff responsibilities include reviewing proposed projects, providing preservation recommendations, surveying historic properties, and writing nominations for properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. For further information please contact the appropriate staff person.

Neighborhood Preservation Strategies in Newton 



City of Newton GIS Browser (provides property information including zoning and historic designations)

City of Newton Historic Properties Map (in PDF form)


Staff Contacts

Katy Hax Holmes                                      
Chief Preservation Planner                                                                                                   


Barbara Kurze

Senior Preservation Planner




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