The Select Board appointed a Local Historic District Study Committee in 2021 to examine the interest in creating a Local Historic District (LHD) in Winchester. Local historic districts are a state designation through MGL Chapter 40C. It is a local bylaw that defines a local historic district so that before any exterior architectural feature that is visible from a public way is altered it must first be reviewed and approved by a local historic district commission. This process is in place so that unnecessary demolitions can be prevented and new construction or alterations can be reviewed.
The Winchester Local Historic District Study Committee consists of the following members:
- Jack LeMenager; Historical Commission Member
- Loraine Murtagh; Realtor
- Richard Leaf; Architect
- Tom Sevigny; Historical Society Member
- Kathy DiGennaro Ho; Resident
- Candace Van Aken; Resident
Below you can find the proposed district boundaries as of December 17, 2019, the PowerPoint from our information session on December 12, 2019, and a useful guide from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Please check back for updates and future meetings.