1. Keep informed.
Join our email list by checking the appropriate line on the contact form.
There are many ways to help out, including as an intern:
- Conduct research on the evolution of WN Hill neighborhood as a whole, including the people, architectural trends and economic developments that created the streetscapes we see today.
- Join the survey team to complete "Form B", including digital photos and map excerpts, and descriptions of the architecture and history of the house (Form B is the inventory form from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.)
- Work on other research tasks involving data analysis and preparing tables.
Please contact us to volunteer, indicating your interest and time available. Even if you only have a few hours there are ways to get involved.
The City of Newton’s Planning Department looks for Newton residents to serve on Newton’s four local Historic District Commissions: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newtonville and Newton Upper Falls. Members of the commissions generally bring expertise eg design, historic preservation, real estate, law, or other relevant fields. At least two members of the commission need to be from the neighborhood concerned.
Historic District Commissions are staffed by volunteers committed to managing changes to the built environment in these historically important areas in order to preserve their unique characteristics and qualities. Each Commission meets monthly to review applications from owners and residents in their district.
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these Commissions, please contact:
Senior Preservation Planner
You can also find information about the Commissions on the City of Newton's website.