Preservation Commission

  • James Batchelor
  • David King, Chair
  • Rosemary Battles Foy
  • Paul Bell
  • Elton Elperin, Vice Chair
  • Wendy Ecker
  • Peter Kleiner
  • 2018

            David Jack, Alternate
  • Giti Ganjei Saeidian, Alternate


The Brookline Preservation Commission, made up of 7 regular members and 4 alternate members appointed by the Selectmen, is a local certified government. It fulfills its legislative responsibilities which include the enforcement of the Demolition Bylaw and the Historic Districts Bylaw.


Its other responsibilities are to promote the protection, restoration, and preservation of the town’s historical and cultural assets; to encourage a healthy preservation and development climate; and to provide homeowners and town agencies with historical and technical advice on appropriate restoration procedures. These objectives are accomplished by completing the following:
  • Sponsoring public education activities
  • Sponsoring annual preservation awards
  • Processing local historic district and demolition applications
  • Working with the Planning Board and Board of Appeals on design review and zoning cases
  • Offering technical assistance to property owners, developers and town agencies
  • Participating in the environmental review process when the use of federal or state monies or approval may affect National or State Register property
Brookline has 7 local historic districts:
  • Chestnut Hill North
  • Cottage Farm
  • Graffam-McKay
  • Harvard Avenue
  • Lawrence
  • Pill Hill
  • Wild-Sargent
In addition there are 16 National / State Register Districts and more than 80 National / State Register individual listings. Over the years, the commission has produced walking tours, a history of town-owned buildings, design guidelines and a preservation and maintenance study on the historic buildings owned by the town. The office is located on the third floor of Town Hall and is staffed by 2 preservation planners, Meghan Hanrahan Richard and Tonya Loveday.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Design Guidelines / Rules & Regulations

For more information about Brookline's 7 local historic districts, design review principles, and the review process, as well as maps and frequently asked questions, please refer to the Design Guidelines for Local Historic Districts.

The Brookline Preservation Commission has approved rules and regulations. They define the powers, functions, and duties of the commission as well as explain the Local Historic District process and the Demolition Delay process.


Email the Preservation Office for more information.

Preservation planners

Send an email to the following planners for more information:

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