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The Cambridge Historical Commission

Background and Mission
Cambridge Historical Commission

The Cambridge Historical Commission is the city’s historic preservation agency. It was established in 1963 to administer the city’s historic districts, to survey Cambridge’s architecture and publish its findings, and to research and mark historic sites.
CHC staff now administers two historic and five neighborhood conservation districts, as well as twenty-two landmarks and thirty-seven properties protected by preservation easements.  The Commission reviews demolition permit applications for all structures over fifty years old. The Commission also offers historic preservation grants to low- and moderate-income home-owners and non-profit institutions and provides technical assistance and historic paint color consultations.

The Commission maintains a public archive of the city’s architectural, economic, and social history that includes information on all 13,000 buildings in the city. Other collections include extensive biographical files and information on Cambridge groups, institutions, businesses, and natural history. The collection also contains about 30,000 photographic images and many maps, plans, and architectural drawings. The Commission maintains an active publication program, and staff members often present informational and educational programs to local schools, organizations, and community groups. 

For more information, refer to the Commission’s website: www2.cambridgema.gov/Historic
Cambridge Historical Commission
March 2, 2009

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