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Last updated: 9/1/17

Bay State Road/Back Bay West Area Architectural Conservation District

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

The Bay State Road/Back Bay West Area Architectural Conservation District Commission (BSRACDC) meets the second Tuesday of each month to review proposed exterior design changes and alterations. To apply as a commissioner, please see details about nomination in the district's Study Report then select BSRACDC 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 including roofs that is (or will be) visible from any public way is subject to the review of the BBSRACDC.  You must submit a Design Approval Application to the Commission and it must be approved by the Commission before beginning any exterior work subject to Commission review.

  • To save time and costs, contact staff early in the  planning process to determine project compliance with guidelines.
  • Review all instructions and documentation requirements before submitting your application to ensure it is complete. Only complete applications will be added to a public hearing agenda.
  • Submit your application well in advance of a filing deadline in case it is marked incomplete and additional or revised information is needed.
  • Staff is not available to review applications for completeness immediately upon submittal.
  • Do not begin any work, or buy materials until after you have received confirmation your project has been approved.
History

The Bay State Road/Back Bay West area was created during the 19th century as part of the large-scale land reclamation project that created the Back Bay. The first blocks were laid out in 1889, with most development between 1895 and 1899. Typical Bay State Road buildings exhibit architectural revival styles popular during the late 19th century.  
For further historical background please see Bay State Road Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District Study Report.