What originated as an effort to stop the demolition of iconic landmarks has progressed into a movement focused on livability, sustainability, job creation, revitalization, and change. Preservation today promotes growth and evolution of the city based on thoughtful decision-making. Below are resources designed to inform, guide, and enhance that process.
Resources and Information
Easements as a Tool for Preservation
Here in Boston there are a few ways we can protect a building or other historic resource.
City of Boston Archives
The City Archives houses and manages historic City records and documents that are no longer in active use, including photographs, plans, deeds, maps and other documents. You’d be surprised…
Neighborhood Preservation Workshops
The Boston Preservation Alliance’s Neighborhood Preservation Workshop was a pilot program that ran from 2009 to 2012.
Inspectional Services Department (ISD)
The ISD enforces building and housing regulations. Permits applications for building, modifying, or demolishing a building are submitted to this department. Vacant and foreclosed properties…
Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)
The BPDA is Boston’s planning and economic development agency. They work with other City departments and organizations on a wide range of planning and development initiatives.…
Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC)
The Boston Landmarks Commission, along with the volunteer local Historic District Commissions, serve as the City’s steward of Boston’s historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods. The BLC…
“The quality of our architectural heritage, its pedestrian scale—we have some of the greatest streets in this nation.”
— Howard Elkus —
“We all want progress in Eastie, but we do want to see history preserved.”
— Meg Grady, East Boston resident —
“There’s a reason why this bridge is still here. It means something to Bostonians.”
— Greg Galer —