Preservation Commission (Archived)

***Note: This page was ARCHIVED because there is a more current Preservation Commission page at:

The Preservation Commission is proceeding to accept and process local historic district and demolition review applications consistent with its standard procedures to the extent possible. Public hearings will continue to be held virtually on ZOOM for the time being.


  • Elton Elperin, Chair (term expires 2023)
  • Richard Panciera, Vice Chair (term expires 2024)
  • James Batchelor (term expires 2023)
  • David Jack (term expires 2023)
  • Peter Kleiner (term expires 2024)
  • David King (term expires 2022)
  • Elizabeth Armstrong, Alternate (term expires 2023)
  • John Spiers, Alternate (term expires 2024)
  • Alex Villanueva, Alternate (term expires 2024)
  • Vacancy, Alternate


The Town of Brookline has been recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as a certified local government. The Brookline Preservation Commission is made up of 7 regular members and 4 alternate members appointed by the Select Board. It fulfills its legislative responsibilities which include the enforcement of the Demolition By-Law (PDF) and the Historic Districts By-Law (PDF).

Brookline has 8 local historic districts:

  • Chestnut Hill North
  • Cottage Farm
  • Crowninshield
  • 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.

Rules and Regulations

The Brookline Preservation Commission has approved Rules and Regulations (PDF). They define the powers, functions, and duties of the commission as well as explain the Local Historic District process and the Demolition Delay process.

Design Guidelines for Local Historic Districts

View more information about Brookline's 8 local historic districts, design review principles, and the review process, as well as maps and frequently asked questions.

Agendas, Minutes, and Case Reports

Brookline Preservation Commission agendas are available two weeks prior to each meeting. Subcommittee meeting agendas are posted a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Minutes are available upon request following approval by the Commission.

Case reports are uploaded to the Town Calendar.

View All Agendas and Minutes.

Access remote hearing recordings

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