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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Why do we have historic districts?
Historic district ordinances are local laws adopted by communities to protect historic areas using powers granted by the state. Watertown’s Historic District is governed by the provisions of Massachusetts’ enabling legislation for historic districts, Chapter 40C of the Massachusetts General Laws. Under Chapter 40C, historic districts have three major purposes:
  • To preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the Commonwealth and its cities and towns
  • To maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places
  • To encourage design within the district that is compatible with existing buildings and places

Historic District Commission

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1. What is the Mount Auburn Street Historic District?
2. Why do we have historic districts?
3. What is a Historic District Commission?
4. Who serves on the Historic District Commission and what do they regulate?
5. Where is the Mount Auburn Street Historic District?
6. What if I want to make changes to my home?
7. How Do I File an Application?
8. What if I have questions?