Local Historic Districts

There are 8 Local Historic Districts in Brookline: Chestnut Hill North, Cottage Farm, Crowninshield, Graffam-McKay, Harvard Avenue, Lawrence, Pill Hill, and Wild-Sargent. Most modifications to the exterior of buildings in these LHDs require review by the Town to ensure that they are appropriate to the historic character of the LHD. View the Local Historic District Case Reports and click on the names of any of the LHDs to see a map of properties within their boundaries. You can also find detailed information about each LHD at the links below.

Chestnut Hill North Local Historic District


Cottage Farm Local Historic District


Graffam-McKay Local Historic District


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Harvard Avenue Local Historic District


Lawrence Local Historic District


Pill Hill Local Historic District

Wild-Sargent Local Historic District


Crowninshield Local Historic District

Design Review Process


The design review process begins only when an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, a Certificate of Non-Applicability, or a Certificate of Hardship, accompanied by plans, elevations, and specifications, as may be relevant to the case, is submitted to the Preservation Commission office. Consultation with Preservation Commission staff before submitting an application in encouraged to provide familiarity with your property and give advice on appropriate approaches. A preliminary site visit or meeting may be requested by staff. Please contact staff if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.


Design Guidelines


For more information about Brookline's 8 Local Historic Districts, design review principles, and the review process, as well as maps and frequently asked questions, please refer to the Design Guidelines for Local Historic Districts.


Meeting Dates and Application Filing Deadlines

Preservation Commission
Meeting Dates 2018

Application Deadline
(must be received before 12 PM)

Tuesday, January 9

Thursday,  December 21

Tuesday, February 13

Thursday, January 25

Tuesday, March 20

Thursday, February 22

Tuesday, April 10

Tuesday, March 20

Tuesday, May 8

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday, June 12

Tuesday, May 22

Tuesday, July 10

Tuesday, June 19

Tuesday, August 14

Tuesday, July 24

Tuesday, September 11

Tuesday, August 21

Tuesday, October 9

Tuesday, September 18

Tuesday, November 13

Tuesday, October 23

Tuesday, December 11

Tuesday,  November 20