Preservation Resources

The Preservation Staff of the Planning and Development Department will post information here pertaining to preservation resources. Please check back occasionally to see new postings. The resources links have been provided to address topics in preservation. The City of Newton does not maintain editorial control of external websites.

Preservation in Newton Brochure

Design Guidelines can be found here

List of Addresses Individually Listed on NR and in NR Districts

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LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS

The City of Newton has four Local Historic Districts authorized under Chapter 40© of the Massachusetts General Laws.  Each one has its own separate commission, and information on all four of them can be found here: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/histpres/districts/default.asp.  The City also has 235 historic districts and individual properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Register of Historic Places is a largely honorary designation of historical significance made by each state for properties deemed to have national historical significance under one or more categories.  This link will help answer specific questions about the national program: https://www.nps.gov/nr/.  The 235 named districts and individual properties in Newton appear on the spreadsheet below.  This spreadsheet was extracted from the annual report of National Register-listed properties located statewide entitled State Register of Historic Places, published once every year by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.  Information about historic properties located in National Register historic districts can also be found online by town and address on MACRIS: http://mhc-macris.net/, and by address on the City of Newton webpage: http://gis.newtonma.gov/browser.html.  Feel free to contact staff in the Planning and Development Department with any questions regarding the management and protection of Newton’s historic resources: (617) 796-1120.

Resources:

Local Historic Districts FAQs

Projects and Product Details Approved In Local Historic Districts - Updated 10-19-17

Solar Panel Application Requirements for Local Historic Districts

51 Pettee St Approved Projects

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Proposed Local Historic Districts Webpage

http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/current/devrev/hip/local_historic_districts.asp

City of Newton GIS Browser (provides property information including zoning and historic designations)
http://gis.newtonma.gov/browser.html

City of Newton Historic Properties Map (in PDF form)
http://www.newtonma.gov/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=29694

This Old House Journal website (article on restoring wood windows): 
http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/preserving-and-restoring-old-windows.shtml

The Massachusetts Historical Commission's website (state historic preservation office):
www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcidx.htm

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (nationwide non-profit preservation organization):
www.preservationnation.org

The National Park Service's information on Preservation (including the National Register, Grants, Tax incentives, etc.):
http://www.nps.gov/history/preservation.htm

National Park Service's Preservation Briefs series (handouts on specific preservation and maintenance house problems and how to deal with them): 
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm

Preservation Massachusetts website (statewide nationwide non-profit preservation organization):
www.preservationmass.org

Historic New England website (regional heritage organization, maintains historic homes and provides preservation advice to homeowners):
www.historicnewengland.org

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