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St. Botolph Area Architectural Conservation District

The Saint Botolph Area Architectural Conservation District was designated in 1981.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 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 St. Botolph Area Architectural Conservation District Commission (SBACDC) meets on the third Wednesday of each month to review proposed exterior work. 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.

Design Review Process

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Staff must determine that your application is complete fifteen (15) business days prior to the public hearing date to be added to an agenda. Incomplete applications cannot be added to an agenda.

All proposed exterior work, including work at rooftops, that is, or will be, visible from any public way (including Southwest Corridor Park) is subject to the review of the SBACDC.  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, please contact staff early in the planning process to determine project compliance with the standards and criteria.
  • 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.
  • Please review all instructions and documentation requirements before submitting your application.
  • Submit your application well in advance of a filing deadline in case it is marked incomplete and additional or revised information needs to be submitted.
  • 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 you project has been approved.

The St. Botolph area was created in 1857, when public health concerns and creating new space for Boston’s growing population led to filling tidal lands. Development in St. Botolph began ca.1881 and by the end of the 1880s, about half of the St. Botolph area was developed with mostly single-family residences. The remainder of the area was developed in the 1890s with construction of multi-family structures. Although close to Back Bay and the South End, rapid development by speculators lends St. Botolph a visual cohesiveness not found in its larger neighbors. 

For further historical background please see St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District Study Report.

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Barbara Wennerholm 5/6/2020 6/30/2020 Holdover
Susan Trowbridge 5/6/2020 6/30/2022 Active
Francoise Elise 11/27/2017 6/30/2020 Holdover
Richard Henderson 9/23/2016 6/30/2019 Holdover
Douglas Miller 5/6/2020 6/30/2021 Active