Newtonville has been recognized as an architecturally important and intact historic neighborhood displaying examples of many late 19th and early-20th century residential architectural styles. In 2002 the Newton Board of Aldermen approved the formation of the Newtonville Local Historic District in accordance with the General Laws of Massachusetts and Newton City Ordinances. By formally recognizing the area, the City clearly acknowledged the historical significance and architectural integrity of the area contained within the boundaries of the district. The Newtonville Local Historic District has an intact historic fabric with a variety of styles representative of its primary period of growth and development as a streetcar suburb of Boston. The study which formed the basis of the historic designation describes the cohesive nature of the neighborhood that results from the overall massing, scale, lot size, setbacks and craftsmanship of its structures.
The Newtonville Local Historic District consists almost entirely of residential structures, most dating from the late-19th and early-20th centuries. The dwellings are characteristically large detached houses, which were originally built as single-family homes on moderate-sized lots. Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and other revival styles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are predominant in this historic neighborhood.
Letter to Newtonville Historic District Owners and Residents