Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Boston Landmarks Commission (Boston, Mass.)

 Organization

Historical note

The Boston Landmarks Commission, established by Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, is the city’s historic preservation agency. The Commission is responsible under state law for: architectural surveys of all the city’s neighborhoods, relating each community’s history as recorded by its building and sites; public education on architecture and historic preservation, including publications and exhibitions; and designation of landmarks and several categories of historic districts within the city through a process involving the preparation of technical study reports and public hearings. The result is a review process for changes to designated properties within limits set at the time of designation. In 1983 the Landmarks Commission began an archaeology program which became the City Archaeology Program. The Program manages archaeological remains located on public and private land in Boston.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

A Guide to the Parks of Boston's Emerald Necklace, circa 1990

 Item — Publications: PB 027
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports for the years 1875-1877, 1881, 1885, 1887, 1889, 1892, 1894-1895, 1907, 1910, 1920, 1938-1954, 1956-1966, 1968-1970, 1972-1974, 1984 and 1989; "Notes on the Plan of Franklin Park and Related Matters", 1886; "Preliminary Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Parks with Plans and Estimates for a Zoological Garden at Franklin Park and an Aquarium at Marine Park", 1910; "Special Report", 1925; "Future Parks, Playgrounds and Parkways", 1925; and ...

Demolition delay files

 Series
Identifier: 5210.002
Scope and Contents Includes Demolition delay review files #1-#2055 from 1995-2016.

Landmarks Commission image collection

 Collection
Identifier: 5210.004
Scope and Contents Photographs and other images collected by the Boston Landmarks Commission for reference use and for publications as well as photographs taken by the Landmarks Commission documenting their work and city neighborhoods.

Landmarks Commission publications

 Series
Identifier: 5210.001
Scope and Contents Includes publications and reports of the Boston Landmarks Commission on the potential designation as a landmark and other topics.

Landmarks Commission records

 Collection
Identifier: 5210.005
Scope and Contents Records of the Boston Landmarks Commission including legislation, minutes, master files, design review files, publications, artifacts, etc.

Landmarks Commission research files

 Collection
Identifier: 5210.006
Scope and Contents Files of research conducted by the Landmarks Commission for National Register listings, survey reports and other historical information. The research files are arranged by neighborhood. Photographs that were once a part of this series were removed by staff of the Landmarks Commission and stored separately. The eparation sheets for photographs removed by the Landmarks Commission staff found in these files reference the photographs that are now a part of the Landmarks Commission image ...

Landmarks Commission survey and planning files

 Series
Identifier: 5210.007
Scope and Contents Planning records for fiscal years 1998-2010.

Landmarks Commission survey maps

 Collection
Identifier: 5210.003
Scope and Contents note This series consists primarily of Topographical and Planimetric Survey Maps of neighborhoods within the City of Boston in which designated historic districts and landmarks reside. In addition to the Topographical maps, there are Historical Maps, Historic District Boundary Maps, and National Register Boundary Maps. Most of the maps are dated from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. There are a few historical maps dated 1872 and 1883.

Reports on the Potential Designation as a Landmark, 1980-1990

 Sub-Series
Scope and Contents Includes publications and reports of the Boston Landmarks Commission on the potential designation as a landmark and other topics.