New! Map of Historic Lexington (pdf)
Demolition Delay Bylaw (click on Chapter 19)
Property Owner's Guide to HC Review
Historical Commission Application Packet
Release for Demolition/Removal of Structure
Prepare for Demolition Delay Public Hearing
Demolition Delay Bylaw FAQs
Guide to Comprehensive Cultural Resources Survey
Notice of Inventory Listing Policy
Expiration Times for Authorizations Under Demolition Delay Bylaw Policy
Definition of Substantial Demolition
Annual Town Reports
Comprehensive Cultural Resources Survey
Project website link
Other Useful Links
Mass. Historical Commission
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Natl. Park Service Technical Preservation Services
Historic New England
Lexington Historical Society
National Heritage Museum
committee email address
Postal address: 1625 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420
David Kelland, Chair
|The Town of Lexington is rich in cultural resources. Its role in the Revolutionary War has created a stewardship responsibility of its historical sites that extends to the nation at large; its later role in commercial expansion due to the arrival of the railroad created a building boom of late 19th and early 20th century housing stock that continues to distinguish the Town. Structures of the recent past—Moon Hill, Five Fields and the Peacock Farm enclaves throughout Town, among others—enhance Lexington’s diverse architectural heritage.
Lexington has received national and state recognition of its historic resources: four properties or areas, the Battle Green, Buckman Tavern, the Hancock-Clarke House, and the Minuteman National Historical Park, have been designated as National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Thirteen additional properties are individually listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, in addition to the Town’s listed National Register Historic Districts (The Lexington Green Historic District, the Buckman Tavern Historic District, and the Sanderson House–Munroe Tavern Historic District) and their contributing properties. The Metropolitan State Hospital Multiple Property National Register listing, shared with the towns of Belmont and Waltham, also contains a number of significant buildings. In addition, approximately 600 properties are protected through inclusion within one or another of the Town-established local historic districts (Battle Green, East Village, Hancock-Clarke, Munroe Tavern).
The Lexington Historical Commission was created “for the preservation, protection and development of the historical or archeological resources” of the Town. Since the 1970s the LHC has documented over 1,400 historic resources located throughout Lexington. To ensure that these historically and architecturally significant structures are preserved, the LHC administers the Town’s Demolition Delay Bylaw. The LHC also endeavors to educate citizens of the breadth and importance of Lexington’s cultural heritage.