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Bay State Road/Back Bay West Area Architectural Conservation District

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

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 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 and then 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.

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.

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.

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Commission Info

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Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Richard Yeager 9/23/2016 6/30/2018 Holdover
Thomas Hotaling 9/23/2016 6/30/2018 Holdover
Terri North 11/27/2017 6/30/2020 Holdover
Pamela Beale 11/27/2017 6/30/2020 Holdover

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