Historic Preservation Activities

The Environment Department oversees the City of Boston's historic preservation and archaeology activities through the Boston Landmarks Commission, the Historic District Commissions, and the City Archaeologist.

The Boston Landmarks Commission functions as the City's steward of historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods.

The Historic District Commissions review proposed exterior design changes to properties located within the boundaries of each of the City’s nine Historic Districts to ensure that the unique historic and architectural character of these neighborhoods is protected and preserved.

The City Archaeologist manages the City of Boston's growing archaeological collections, strives to make the city's archaeology publicly accessible, and works to protect and preserve Boston's archaeological heritage.