Lexington, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
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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

Preservation Massachusetts

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Natl. Park Service Technical Preservation Services

Historic New England

Lexington Historical Society

National Heritage Museum

Historical Commission

Contact Information:
  committee email address

  Postal address:      1625 Massachusetts Ave. 
                                 Lexington, MA 02420

  Telephone: 781-698-4525

Committee Charge

Committee Membership:

David Kelland, Chair
Marilyn Fenollosa
Wendall Kalsow
Frank Kern
Sally Zimmerman

Meeting Schedule

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.


Lexington, Massachusetts
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