Newton Historical Commission

The City of Newton is located just west of Boston, best known for its suburban landscape characterized by many villages and neighborhoods. It has been active in preserving its exceptional resources and includes two important local historic districts, Newton Upper Falls and Chestnut Hill. In 2002, residents of a Newtonville neighborhood, located north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Washington Street, approached the Newton Historical Commission requesting local historic district consideration, to add a third district in the City. Gretchen Schuler’s AM 750 Neighborhood Conservation class provided assistance to the neighborhood residents in the preparation of a local historic district study report.

Students conducted historic resource survey for the area, attended neighborhood meetings, and reviewed Newton’s existing local historic districts and the ordinance governing them. The final report included the survey forms, a description of the historic and architectural significance of the neighborhood, a proposal for a new district and its boundaries, and an explanation of the necessary steps to implement the district.

The study was adopted by the Newton Historical Commission following a presentation by the students, and the district was adopted by the Board of Alderman during the following year.