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7182012_112241_0.pngTHREE YEAR (3) TERM

It has been said, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.
-William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America (New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1988), p. 168.

Swampscott Historical Commission Mission Statement

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law Chapter 40 Section 8D, the Swampscott Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical heritage and resources of the Town of Swampscott. To accomplish this mission, the Commission shall perform, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Identify, compile, and maintain an inventory of the town's historic assets according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission's guidelines;
  • Identify resources for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Encourage community awareness of and promote interest in Swampscott's historical heritage; educate community about preservation issues and how preservation can positively impact the town's economic development and property values;
  • Advocate thoughtful, preservation-minded planning and development in keeping with the character and history of the town and be an active participant in the town planning process;
  • Advise and work with Town boards, committees, departments, and administration in all matters relating to historic preservation, including any proposed alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets in accordance with Swampscott General Bylaw, Article IX, Section 14, the Preservation of Historically Significant Buildings.
2016 Preservation Award Winners
The Swampscott Historical Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Preservation and Restoration Award. This award was created by the Historical Commission to celebrate outstanding efforts to preserve and restore historic properties that maintain our town’s character and beauty.

These properties include residences and public buildings whose preservation or restoration maintains or is faithful to the original design or style. The following award-winning projects embody the goals of preserving, protecting and celebrating Swampscott’s historic architecture and unique sense of place:

  • 57 Greenwood Avenue - Ellie Miller and Freddie Phillips (owners)
  • 72 Banks Road - Catherine and Jeremiah Hubeny
  • Andrews Memorial Chapel, Andrews Chapel Restoration Committee

Swampscott residents submitted nominations for projects they believed worthy of this distinction. The Commission hopes that by getting the community involved in this process it increases public awareness of such efforts, and helps emphasize the importance of maintaining historic properties.

Calling for Nominations! 2017 Annual Preservation and Restoration Awards
The Historical Commission invites residents to submit nominations for the 2017 Annual Preservation and Restoration Awards. You can nominate yourself, a friend or a neighbor to celebrate their efforts to preserve and restore historic properties that maintain our town’s character and beauty. These properties can include residences, commercial buildings, or other structures whose preservation or restoration maintains or is faithful to the original design or style.  Eligible project categories are restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use, neighborhood conservation and landscape preservation.

Winners will be presented with a:
  • report detailing the history of the house and neighborhood, list of owners, and an in-depth architectural description,
  • historical plaque for their home
at a May 2017 Selectmen's Meeting and reception.

Please complete the nomination form and submit no later than March 31, 2017.      

2017_Pres_Awd_Nomination form docx.pdf

The Preservation of Historically Significant Buildings
Swampscott General By-Laws, Article IX Uses of Land, Section 4 - AKA Demolition Delay Bylaw

Frequently Asked Questions about the Preservation Bylaw
View the answers to a number of frequent questions.

Demolition Permit Process Chart
Download this overview of the demolition permit process in Swampscott.

List of Massachusetts Communities with a Preservation Bylaw
Download this compiled list of communities in Massachusetts that have instituted a preservation bylaw.


Town of Swampscott
22 Monument Avenue, Swampscott MA 01907
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Friday: 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

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