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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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What is a Historic District Commission?
Watertown’s Historic District is protected and overseen by a Historic District Commission. Historic District Commissions do not prevent changes from occurring, nor do they prevent new construction. Their purpose is to ensure that changes and additions to properties within the Historic District are harmonious with the aesthetic and historic values of the district.

The Commission is not intended to be burdensome to property owners within the Historic District, but rather, to be helpful in administering change and enhancing the value of the buildings and places within the Historic District.

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?