There are 8 Local Historic Districts in Brookline: Chestnut Hill North, Cottage Farm, Crowninshield, Graffam-McKay, Harvard Avenue, Lawrence, Pill Hill, and Wild-Sargent. Most modifications to the exterior of buildings in these LHDs require review by the Town to ensure that they are appropriate to the historic character of the LHD. View the Local Historic District Case Reports and click on the names of any of the LHDs to see a map of properties within their boundaries. You can also find detailed information about each LHD at the links below.
The design review process begins only when an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, a Certificate of Non-Applicability, or a Certificate of Hardship, accompanied by plans, elevations, and specifications, as may be relevant to the case, is submitted to the Preservation Commission office. For more information about the design review process, please refer to the Design Guidelines for Local Historic Districts. It is a good idea to call or to meet informally with the Staff to discuss any proposed work. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the work can be reviewed at a Public Hearing. Please refer to the Local Historic District Meeting and Application Dates for meeting dates and application deadlines.
For more information about Brookline's 8 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.