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Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District

The Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District was designated in 2001.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to Governor Baker's state of emergency declared on March 10, 2020, we are currently only accepting Design Review Applications with a signed extension form. Applications may be submitted by email with a hard copy and check for the application mailed to Environment Department, Room 709, Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201.

The Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Commission (AACDC) meets on the second Thursday of each month to review exterior alterations. Interested in becoming a commissioner?  Please see details about nomination in the district's Study Report and check the commission information section at the bottom of this page. If you see an "apply online" button, we have an opening on the commission and you're able to apply for it.


All proposed exterior work visible from a public way is subject to the review of the AACDC.

  • To save time and costs, review the district Standards and Criteria early in the planning process.
  • Review all instructions and documentation requirements before submitting your application to ensure it is complete. Incomplete applications will not be added to a public hearing agenda.
  • Submit your application well in advance of a filing deadline in case additional or revised information is needed.
  • Staff won't be able to review applications for completeness immediately upon submittal.
  • Do not begin any work, or buy materials, until after confirmation that your project was approved by the Commission.

The Aberdeen section of Brighton (annexed by Boston in 1873) was developed after 1887, with a high degree of architectural unity. The trolley line along Beacon Street helped Aberdeen develop as a “Romantic Suburb” of free-standing residential buildings. The large, ornate houses built along winding roads that follow the land’s natural contours, were intended for Boston commuters on the newly electrified trolley system. Aberdeen’s architectural styles include the Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, and Shingle styles.

For further historical background, please check out the Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Study Report.

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Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
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Energy, Environment and Open Space
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Current members

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Member Appointed Expires Status
Sharon Cayley 5/6/2020 6/30/2021 Active
Helen Pillsbury 5/6/2020 6/30/2021 Active
Kirsten Hoffman 9/23/2016 6/30/2018 Holdover
John Bligh 5/6/2020 6/30/2022 Active
Nakeeda Burns 5/6/2020 6/30/2022 Active