In 1975 the City of Newton established the Newton Historical Commission under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 40, section 8D for the preservation, promotion and development of the historical or archaeological assets of the City. The Commission consists of 7 permanent members and up to 7 alternates. All members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen. One member is nominated by the Newton Historical Society; one is a registered architect nominated by the Boston Society of Architects; and one is a realtor nominated by the Newton Board of Realtors. The remaining permanent members and alternates are appointed at large. The Newton Historical Commission is the City of Newton’s advisory body on preservation matters. It also designates and manages changes to Newton City Landmarks, manages changes to properties with Preservation Restrictions, manages the Demolition Delay Ordinance and comments on projects and provides advice from a preservation perspective.
For project review information please see the Project review and application forms page.
The Commission has the following powers and duties:
The Commission meets monthly to review projects and discuss preservation matters. The Commission and its staff have engaged in a number of preservation projects throughout the City of Newton including reports, surveys and walking tours, some of which are posted online. For more information, contact the Preservation Planner at 617-796-1120.