Our mission is to preserve Charlestown's historic character by protecting our historic architecture and landscapes, advocating for preservation, guiding responsible development and educating people about the unique character of our community.


Come to one of our events, learn from one of our programs or help us advocate for preservation and responsible development.


Historic House Tour

The 2016 CPS Historic House Tour is coming September 24th 2016.


Preservation Projects

Protect Historic Charlestown -- A new committee launched to focus on projects related to zoning, demolition and preserving the historic character of Charlestown



Here’s a comprehensive guide to preservation, development and Charlestown’s community resources.



Charlestown History and Architecture: A Guide for Homeowners, Residents and Visitors is a guide to Charlestown history and architecture, plus a useful resource for homeowners.


Design Review Committee

 The Design Review Committee was established over ten years ago to work with the BRA to review requests for commercial and residential requests for property changes. The DRC is a strategic committee within CPS for it’s keen efforts to preserve and protect our historic community and it’s architecture. the Committee is led by William Lamb and well known Preservation Architect who has contributed his talents for over 40 years to the Charlestown Community.Chair, William Lamb

The Design Review Committee (DRC) i hold monthly public meetings, usually at the Mary Colbert meeting room. Key Accomplishment 205-2016

Held public meetings and submitted design recommendations for upcoming projects to the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal.
Advocated design and zoning studies by the BRA to create an attractive housing and business community in the large area adjacent to Sullivan Square extending to the Mystic River.
Submitted testimony on the design of the proposed Charlestown North Washington Street Bridge to the State D.O.T.  and letters supporting plans for the Chain Forge Hotel to the Massachusetts Historic Commission.
Advocated reducing the exterior lighting of the proposed Wynn Boston Harbor casino in meetings with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission staff and Wynn Resorts
Members participated from the beginning in ongoing design sessions for the large Bunker Hill Apartments Redevelopment
Established with the CPS Board the Protect Historic Charlestown Task Force.
Goals for the coming year:
•Continue our design review functions.
•Actively participate in the Protect Historic Charlestown Task Force
Thank you DRC members for all your efforts: John Benson, Chris Collier, Jack Glassman, Dan Kovacevic, Mark Spaulding, Heather Taylor, Annette Tecce