Neighborhood Preservation Workshops
Government and Organizational Resources
pilot program

The Boston Preservation Alliance’s Neighborhood Preservation Workshop was a pilot program that ran from 2009 to 2012. Its goals included engaging residents in Boston’s neighborhoods in learning about local historic buildings and places, to educate them about the array of tools available to help them care for these assets, and to support them as they take action to ensure their preservation. Additionally the program sought to offer support in integrating historic preservation into community development and planning. The program provided a forum for residents to voice their needs and priorities regarding historic resources, and to foster connections between communities and the agencies and organizations that can work with them to achieve their goals.

The program brought community members from four neighborhoods—Highland Park in Roxbury, Upham’s Corner in Dorchester, East Boston, and Allston Village—together for a series of workshops. These workshops led to Neighborhood Preservation Priorities Reports, which identified advocacy, technical, or financial assistance needs. It’s important to note that these reports are far from inclusive of all significant historic resources in the neighborhood. Don’t assume properties not noted are therefore not worthy of preservation! Nonetheless, these reports provide an important snapshot in time and window into these neighborhoods and their self-described preservation priorities and concerns at that time.

Download and share the four reports, which are attached. 

We thank The National Trust for Historic Preservation and corporate underwriters The Beal Companies and Trinity Financial for their financial support that made this program possible.

Other Resources

Piano Row: Cycles of History

Piano Row: Cycles of History is an original film documentary about the evolution of Bost

Historic Ladder Blocks—An Endangered Resource in Downtown Boston

With no local protection or means of preventing demolition, the Ladder Blocks are at great risk o

Boston Modern: The Spirit of Reinvention

Boston Modern: The Spirit of Reinvention events and booklet are part of the Modern Module program

Boston's Changing Neighborhoods

On February 4, 2016 the Boston Preservation Alliance hosted an Urban Forum: “Boston’s Changi

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

201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 635-1195

Inspectional Services Department (ISD)

1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 635-5300

Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)

One City Hall Square
Floor 9
Boston, MA 02201
(617) 722-4300

Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC)

City of Boston Departments and Commissions

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