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Landmarks Commission

Landmarks Commission

We preserve Boston’s historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods through protective designation and design review.

The Landmarks Commission is Boston’s historic preservation agency. We perform a wide range of preservation planning and cultural resource management functions.

The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) and the nine local historic district commissions are comprised of volunteers nominated from professional organizations and neighborhood groups specified in each commission’s legislation. All commissioners must be appointed by the Mayor, and some also require City Council confirmation. BLC staff support the commissions' work.

The BLC and City Archaeology Program are part of the City of Boston Environment Department, within the Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet.  Learn about how we work to protect Boston’s historic resources.

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1 City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

2017 Boston Preservation Month

Every May, Boston Preservation Month encourages public awareness and appreciation of the City's historic resources.

We put together a list of exhibits, walking tours, lectures, and more, related to history. The events are free or low-cost. You can find more information through the link below:

2017 Preservation Month events

Public notices

We add information on public meetings and hearings related to our department to the public notices section of

Aside from the Landmarks Commission, you can also find information about historic district meetings.

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Upcoming events

Latest news

Download 2017 Preservation Month poster #2
May 1

Mayor Walsh announces new citizen preservation award

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Mar 15

Agreement reached between Related Beal, Citgo

Mayor's Office
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Jun 20

Mayor Walsh announces archaeological survey at Old North Church

Walk the Freedom Trail
Apr 12

City Archaeologist releases new book on Boston Archaeology and History