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Beacon Hill Architectural District

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold its monthly public hearing on Thursday August 17, 2023, at 5 p.m.

ATTENTION: This hearing will only be held virtually and NOT in person. You can participate in this hearing by going to our online meeting or calling 1-929-205-6099 and entering meeting id # 961 2760 3897. You can also submit written comments or questions to

The public can offer testimony.

Discussion Topics


    VIO.24.0805, 23.0800 147-149 CHARLES STREET(Removed By Staff)

    Violation: Unapproved windows with reflective film,  improper pane configuration and simulated divided lights. Removal of roof, chimney, party wall without Commission approval. 


    APP # 24.0157 BH 125 CHARLES STREET

    Proposed Work: New Signage

    APP # 24.0135 BH 18 PHILLIPS STREET

    Proposed Work: Rebuild front slab and install drains, install removable handrail, new electrical outlets under existing windows at front of plaza (See Additional Items Under Administrative Review).

    APP # 23.0987 BH 14 LOUISBURG SQUARE

    Proposed Work: Replace shutters.

    APP # 23.1041 BH 68 BEACON STREET

    Proposed Work: Replace front door in kind. 


    Proposed Work: Paint front door and surround black and red. 


    Proposed Work: New sign with bracket and light fixture.

    APP # 24.0106 BH 60 JOY STREET

    Proposed Work: Rebuild the community basketball court, repair, rebuild, restore, brick retaining wall, brick piers, iron fence along South Russell Street sidewalk, replace in kind existing signage, refurbish existing benches, install new basketball pole, backboard, rim.

    APP # 24.0108 BH 30 LIME STREET

    Proposed Work: Install a hand railing on the right side wall leading up to the door between 26 and 30 Lime Street. Paint (Ben Moore HC 190). 


    Proposed Work: Replace two historic 6 over 6 windows on the fourth floor with new replacement windows; 6 over 6, wood, true divided lights, double hung. 

    APP # 23.1203 BH 17 LOUISBURG SQUARE

    Proposed Work: New Intercom inside a brass box, new door knob, locking cylinder, and rosette. (See Additional Items Under Administrative Review). 

    APP # 24.0126 BH 1 CHESTNUT STREET

    Proposed Work: Replace the current, non-operational callbox with a new intercom and brass box. 


    APP # 24.0114 BH   31-33 CHARLES STREET (63 CHESTNUT STREET):  Replace old vent grate at ground level on wall of 31-33 Charles Street. Replace five pressure treated planks on sidewalk in front of 63 Charles Street in kind (no finish). 

    APP # 24.0050 BH   103 CHARLES STREET:  Replace three non-historic, 1 over 1 sash sets on the front elevation, third floor. Replacements will be wood, double hung sash sets. The new sash will be using clear glass, solid block construction, oil based glazed & painted semi-gloss black st the exterior to match the exterior of all the windows on the building. Remove the existing broken non-functional aluminum storm windows. All wood sills, jambs, brick moldings will remain. No masonry will be altered.

    APP # 24.0048 BH   97 CHESTNUT STREET:  Paint existing front door and garage door to match existing paint color. Paint color is Benjamin Moore Soft Gloss Gray mix to match existing color.

    APP # 24.0129 BH   38 HANCOCK STREET:  Repair and repaint fire escapes in kind.

    APP # 23.1203 BH 17 LOUISBURG SQUARE: New EV charging port as approved at #6 Louisburg Sq. (See Additional Items Under Design Review). 

    APP # 24.0005 BH   8 OTIS PLACE:  Fabricate and install new copper edge metal, the same size and profile as the existing copper edge metal. Existing copper gutters to remain.

    APP # 24.0043 BH   75 MOUNT VERNON STREET:  At front facade, cut 3/4" into the joints of the bricks and repoint.  Mortar to match the existing historic tooling, profile color and texture.  Refinish lintels and sills as needed in kind.  

    APP # 24.0124 BH   3 MYRTLE STREET:  At front front façade: cut 3/4" into the joints of the bricks and repoint.  Refinish lintels and sills in kind and paint to match the existing. Spot repoint rear facade in kind. 

    APP # 23.0135 BH 18 PHILLIPS STREET: The existing ornamental wrought iron fence and central entry gates will be removed, restored, and repainted with a durable marine paint system, and reinstalled. The gates to the east and west alleys will be treated in a similar manner. The six (6) existing precast concrete piers will be repaired by filling surface cracks and patching missing areas of cast stone.  Pier ‘A’ will be disassembled and reinstalled on a new cast-in-place concrete footing and foundation. The two pairs of existing wood entry doors will be removed and restored as part of the plaza restoration. New in-kind door hardware will be provided wherever the existing hardware cannot be reused. The two precast concrete jambs that flank the main entry doorways support the large arch above. Both jamb sections exhibit vertical stress cracks due to excessive loading. These two jamb sections will be replaced with new, in-kind precast concrete sections that will be internally reinforced with stainless steel rebars. The new precast materials will match those used elsewhere at the deck Waterproof duplex outlets will be installed at the rear faces of Piers “C” and “D.”  (See Additional Items Under Design Review).

    APP # 24.0049 BH   38 WEST CEDAR STREET: At top floor, replace four, 2 over 2 sash sets. Two window openings are on Pinckney Street & two  window openings are on West Cedar Street. The existing wood sills, frames & brick molding at the exterior are to remain. The new proposed sash sets will be wood, solid block, mortise & tenon fabrication, using clear glass, true divided light and be the same pane configuration which is 2 over 2. The new wood sash would be double hung, oil based glazed at the exterior and painted “Napery” semi-gloss top match the existing exterior color on the building. The muntins would match a more original 3/4” interior profile & width, 3/16” exterior wood stem & glazing. 

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