Bay State Road/Back Bay West

History

The Bay State Road/ Back Bay West area was created during the 19th century, as part of the large-scale land reclamation and infilling project that also created the Back Bay.  The first blocks of the Bay State Road area were laid out in 1889, with the majority of development occurring between 1895 and 1899.

In 1900, the Bay State Road Improvement Society (an organization of neighborhood property owners) agreed to prohibit commercial and industrial uses of their land for a period of fifty years.  As a result, all of the structures built in the Bay State Road/Back Bay West area were private residences until 1950.  Yet despite the predominantly residential character of the area, it has also been home to prominent hotels and two renowned medical clinics.

The Bay State Road/ Back Bay West area contains several prime examples of various architectural revival styles popular during the late 19th century. The five major revival styles represented in the district are Classical Revival, Renaissance Revival, Georgian Revival, Federal Revival, and Tudor Revival.  It is the strength of the varying revival styles that characterizes the Bay State Road/Back Bay West area. 


Designation

The Bay State Road/ Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District was designated in 1979.

Scope of Review

All exterior work (including work at rooftops) that is, or will be, visible from any public way requires the review of the Bay State Road/ Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District Commission.  A Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Approval, or Exemption Application must be submitted to and approved by the Commission prior to beginning any exterior work that is visible from a public way. 

See the Standards and Criteria for the Bay State Road/ Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District for further information.

Applications, application instructions, and a schedule of filing deadlines and hearing dates are available below.  To save time and costs, property owners and developers are encouraged to contact staff early on in the project planning process, in order to obtain information on compliance with guidelines.

A preservation planner for the Bay State Road/ Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District may be reached at blc@boston.gov or at 617-635-3850.

  • Please note that Commission staff is not available to review applications for completeness immediately upon submittal. 

  • Please review all instructions and documentation requirements carefully before submitting your application. 

  • It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete before submittal.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted

Bay State Road/Back Bay West Information

Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Approval, and Exemption Application

Announcements

  • Bay State Road/Back Bay West June public hearing cancelled

    The Bay State Road/Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District Commission hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2016 has been cancelled.

    BSR/BBW Agenda June 2016 CANCELLATION

BSR/BBW Agenda Archive

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