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Boston Landmarks Commission (Boston, Mass.)


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 11 Collections and/or Records:

A guide to the parks of Boston's Emerald Necklace, circa 1990

 Item — Publications PB 027
Scope and Contents From the Series: 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;...
Dates: circa 1990

Demolition delay files

Identifier: 5210.002
Scope and Contents

Includes Demolition delay review files #1-#2055 from 1995-2016.

Dates: 1995-2016

Landmarks Commission image 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.

Dates: circa 1880-2000s

Landmarks Commission publications

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.

Dates: 1977-1995

Landmarks Commission records

Identifier: 5210.005
Scope and Contents

Records of the Boston Landmarks Commission including legislation, minutes, master files, design review files, publications, artifacts, etc.

Dates: 1971-2010

Landmarks Commission reference library

Identifier: 5210.008
Dates: circa 1852-2012

Landmarks Commission research files

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 separation 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...
Dates: circa 1975-2010

Landmarks Commission survey and planning files

Identifier: 5210.007
Scope and Contents

Planning records for fiscal years 1998-2010.

Dates: 1998-2010

Landmarks Commission survey maps

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.

Dates: circa 1962-1987

Reports on the potential designation as a landmark, 1980-1990

Scope and Contents From the Series:

Includes publications and reports of the Boston Landmarks Commission on the potential designation as a landmark and other topics.

Dates: 1980-1990