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City of Boston Departments and Commissions
Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC)
One City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
(617) 635-3850
BLC@boston.gov
https://www.boston.gov/departments/landmarks-commission

The Boston Landmarks Commission, along with the volunteer local Historic District Commissions, serve as the City’s steward of Boston’s historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods. The BLC and the Commissions are part of the city’s Environment Department, provide information and assistance concerning the regulatory process, historic preservation planning, archaeology, sources for historical information, and technical assistance. This is the city agency that manages regulations such as landmark protections and demolition delay as well as consulting with other city agencies on preservation-related issues.

The BLC’s searchable map includes historic (landmark) districts, individual landmarks, pending landmarks, and protection areas.

The BLC has compiled an extensive Cultural Resource Inventory (CRI), which is a library of survey forms describing properties located throughout the City of Boston. A list of the types of buildings and neighborhoods that are covered in the CRI follows.

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Available Boston-wide Inventories of specific types of buildings include 

  • Archdiocesan Buildings
  • Church Closing Survey Forms
  • Industrial Survey

Neighborhood Inventories

  • Allston-Brighton
  • Bay State Road
  • Bay Village
  • Beacon Hill – North Slope
  • Beacon Hill – South Slope
  • Beacon Hill – Flat of the Hill
  • Boston University Survey
  • Boylston Street (Back Bay)
  • Central Business District
  • Charles Street Signage (Beacon Hill)
  • Charlestown
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester – 17th Century Survey
  • Dorchester/Mattapan
  • Dorchester – Meetinghouse Hill
  • East Boston
  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • Fort Point Channel
  • Hyde Park
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mission Hill
  • Mission Hill Triangle
  • Newbury Street (Back Bay)
  • North End
  • Roxbury
  • South Boston
  • St. Botolph
  • Stuart Street Corridor (Back Bay)
  • Theater District
  • Washington Street (South End)
  • West Roxbury/Roslindale

Also available at the Boston Landmarks Commission are design review files for Landmarks and Landmark Districts, Article 85 Demolition Delay files, study reports, Landmark petition files and National Register nomination forms. If you would like to view these files, you must call the BLC office and make an appointment with the appropriate staff person.  Study reports are produced for properties considered to be made landmarks and are available online at BLC Study Reports.

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Historic Ladder Blocks—An Endangered Resource in Downtown Boston

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City of Boston Archives

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

Neighborhood Preservation Workshops

The Boston Preservation Alliance’s Neighborhood Preservation Workshop was a pilot program that ra

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

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