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Last updated: 6/27/17

Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District

The Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District was designated in 2001.

The Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Commission (AACDC) meets on the second Thursday of each month to review exterior alterations. To apply as a commissioner, please see details about nomination in the district's Study Report then select AACDC under the Energy, Environment and Open Space policy area using this link - there you can provide contact and other information.

 

DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS

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.
HISTORY

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 see Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Study Report.