Local Historic Districts

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.

Chestnut Hill North Local Historic District

Cottage Farm Local Historic District

Graffam-McKay Local Historic District

Harvard Avenue Local Historic District

Lawrence Local Historic District

Pill Hill Local Historic District

Wild-Sargent Local Historic District

Crowninshield Local Historic District

Design Review Process

The design review process begins only when an application (PDF) 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. Consultation with Preservation Commission staff before submitting an application in encouraged to provide familiarity with your property and give advice on appropriate approaches. A preliminary site visit or meeting may be requested by staff. Please contact staff if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

Design Guidelines

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 (PDF) for Local Historic Districts.

 Meeting Dates and Application Filing Deadlines

Preservation Commission
 Meeting Dates 2018
Application Deadline
 (must be received before 12 PM)
Tuesday, January 9Thursday, December 21
Tuesday, February 13Thursday, January 25
Tuesday, March 20Thursday, February 22
Tuesday, April 10Tuesday, March 20
Tuesday, May 8Tuesday, April 17
Wednesday, June 13Tuesday, May 22
Tuesday, July 10Tuesday, June 19
Tuesday, August 14Tuesday, July 24
Tuesday, September 11Tuesday, August 21
Tuesday, October 9Tuesday, September 18
Thursday, November 8Thursday, October 18
Tuesday, December 11Tuesday, November 20