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The Commission is not intended to be burdensome to property owners within the Historic District, but rather, to be helpful in administering change and enhancing the value of the buildings and places within the Historic District.
The Commission is responsible for reviewing the appropriateness of exterior design changes and additions to existing buildings and structures, as well as new construction and demolition, within the Historic District.
Interior changes to properties within the Historic District are not subject to review by the Historic District Commission.
If you would like to confirm whether your property falls within the boundaries of the Mount Auburn Street Historic District, contact the office of the Preservation Agent at (617) 972-6473.
Property owners contemplating interior alterations need not obtain Historic District Commission approval. For complete information please see the Watertown Historic District Ordinance below. Please note: Exterior and interior alterations may still need approval from the Building Inspector.
Although it may not be necessary to have the Historic District Commission review items excluded from the Commission’s responsibility, please feel free to present your ideas to the commission. Over time it would help everyone in the District plan for growth and change. Watertown Historic District Ordinance
Copies of the Watertown Historic District Guidelines and applications are available at the Office of the Preservation Agent in the Administration Building at:149 Main St.Watertown, MA 02472
The Commission recommends applications be submitted 60-90 days prior to the commencement of any work. Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of the Historic District Commission according to the schedule to have a hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission. Applications must include photographs, material and color samples, manufacturers’ illustrations, and plans and plot plans, as necessary.
The Historic District Commission hopes you find the schedule of meetings and hearings helpful in planning. We believe in Watertown’s unique identity and are committed to helping property owners within the Historic District. If you have any questions about your property and the Mount Auburn Street Historic District, please call the office of the Preservation Agent at (617) 972-6473.