Buy Tickets Here Come tour some of Charlestown’s wonderful historic houses on Saturday, September 24 from 11am to 4pm at the 2016 CPS Historic House Tour, followed by a Lemonade Reception from 4 to 5pm. From a grand Italianate house –one of the 45 brick and stone...Read More
Please save Saturday September 24th 2016 for The Charlestown Preservation Society’s Historic House Tour. Would you be interested to house sit and greet visitors into a beautiful historic Charlestown home. You would receive a complimentary house tour ticket and plenty of...Read More
We would like to extend a warm invitation to the 2016 Annual meeting of the Charlestown Preservation Society. The meeting will be held at St John’s Church, 27 Devens Street at 6:30 pm on June 23rd. This invitation is being extended to all members as well as...Read More
Training Field Celebration The Training Field renovations are being completed and the park re-opening celebration will be held on June 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rain date to be held June 16th. Eight community groups are coming together to provide a neighborhood...Read More
Last fall the Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) launched a new Task Force entitled Protect Historic Charlestown (PHC). The mission of the Task Force is to help protect the historic character and the architecture of Charlestown in partnership with the City of Boston. The...Read More
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.
The 2016 CPS Historic House Tour is coming September 24th 2016.
The Charlestown Historic House Tour The Charlestown Historic House Tour is one of the most recognizable events in Charlestown. The tour, held every other year since the early 1970s, features houses that represent the full range of Charlestown’s architectural styles as well as some of its best-loved public spaces. As you travel through Charlestown by foot or by our bus, partakers can leisurely wander through some of the Charlestown’s most well preserved, rehabilitated and remodeled homes. They also stroll by famous locations from the settling of Massachusetts Bay Colony by John Winthrop in 1629 to the Bunker Hill Monument and parts of the famous Freedom Trail.
For the past few years we have attracted over 500 visitors including many lifelong residents, newcomers, as well as New Englanders who love the history and beauty of Charlestown. They arrive in Charlestown before 10am and stay for the Tour Party at 4pm. The next tour will be Saturday, September 24, 2016.
House Tour proceeds and Our Mission
The House Tour proceeds help fund our strategic initiatives to preserve Charlestown’s architectural heritage and quality of life. We are known for many important projects in Charlestown including the historical marker program, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and most recently the re-landscaping of the Charlestown Training Field (with the Friends of the Training Field). The proceeds also support Preservation Park, the Charlestown Design and Review Committee,Memorial Hall Restoration, as well as recent publication of the very popular. Charlestown: History and Architecture: A Guide.
Moving forward we are focusing our efforts on three strategic efforts:
1. The restoration of Memorial Hall: Memorial Hall also known as the Samuel Dexter House was built around 1792 and is one of our oldest buildings in Charlestown. We have often used Memorial Hall as the launch site for our House Tour. This year we are working with the Abraham Lincoln Post 11, Grand Army of the Republic, and current caretaker of the Samuel Dexter House to develop a funding plan for restoring the Hall and finding new community uses for the building.
2. The examination of Zoning laws that negatively affect Charlestown Preservation. Current zoning laws also require that developers provide parking for residents in newly constructed properties. These regulations can have negative consequences for densely populated residential streets in the older parts of Charlestown. Developers use the current laws to their advantage and request curb cuts on streets that already have very limited parking thus reducing the number of spaces available for public use. The BRA also approves multiunit buildings without sufficient parking spaces.
3. Creating an Historic district: The application for a Historic District will likely require additional research on the history of undocumented buildings and historical locations. The City of Boston has been reluctant to establish new Historic Districts but we believe the oldest city in Boston deserves such a designation.
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.
|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