Historical Commission

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Background & Purpose

The seven-member Framingham Historical Commission (HC) was established by a vote of Town Meeting on April 1, 1969, pursuant to MGL Chapter 40, Section 8D. The HC's mission is to work alongside the Massachusetts Historical Commission to promote preservation, protection, and development of the City's historically and archaeologically important assets.

Historical Commission - Church Picture

Specifically, its duties include:

  • Advising the Mayor and City Council on matters concerning historic preservation.
  • Advising the Building Commissioner with respect to the City's Demolition Delay Bylaw.
  • Balancing the protection of Framingham's irreplaceable historic resources with its physical and economic growth and development.
  • Informing and educating citizens and visitors about the heritage endowed to the present generation by the men and women who built this community.
  • Periodically compiling and updating a Historic Preservation Plan for the community in connection with the Community and Economic Development Division.
  • Preserving elements of the built and natural environment which give the City its unique character.
Framingham Atheneaum

Do You Have Other Questions About How the Historical Commission Works?

Historical Commission Chair, and City Historian, Fred Wallace gave a talk at the library in 2015 discussing the HC's duties.

Watch the Presentation

  1. Members & Meetings
  2. Cultural Resources Inventory
  3. Demolition Delay Bylaw

Chair

Frederic Wallace
City Historian
Phone: 508-877-7104
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Members

Vice Chair, Paul Silva
Lewis Colten, A.I.A.
Susan Kennedy
Thomas Schuetz
Jane Whiting

Monthly Meetings

When:
2nd Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where:
Memorial Building
Conference Room 1
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Hearing schedules can vary. Please confirm with City Clerk (508-532-5520) or check the Meeting Portal for Agendas and Minutes.