What We Do
The Watertown Historical Commission was established in 1985 to preserve, protect, and advocate for the Town’s historical or archaeological resources.
Our responsibilities include implementing the Demolition Delay Ordinance, researching places of historic or archaeological value, educational outreach to the community, building upon the base of historic knowledge already in existence, and establishing long-lasting protection of these resources for future generations.
The Commission cooperates with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the State Archaeologist and renders opinions and recommendations to the Town Council, Town departments, and the public.
Historic Plaque Program
Did you know that you can order a historic plaque to display on your home which identifies the year it was built, the architect or builders name, or the name of the original owner? You may clique on the link here historic plaque to access an application for your home today. A member of the commission will conduct the research on your home if you are not aware of the history of your home already.
The Watertown Historical Commission Preservation Awards can be awarded to any individual, organization or project that has contributed to the preservation or recognition of Watertown's Historic resources.
You may click the following link to an article from the 2016 Historic Preservation Awards which was held on May 19, 2016. Watertown residents receive historic honors
Nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards will be posted as plans for the awards ceremony commence early in the spring of 2017. Nomination forms will be sent out on a notify me by around Mid- March 2017 and posted to this site for easy access.
All are invited to attend the Preservation Awards Ceremony which are held at the Commander's Mansion, 440 Talcott Avenue, Watertown.
To be added to the notify me list for Historical Preservation, go to the home web page and sign up by clicking the option for Historical Preservation listed under Notify Me.
If you have any questions feel free to contact the Clerk for the Office of Conservation and Preservation, Susan Jenness at (617) 972-6426 or email her at .
Historical Commission Meetings
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Susan C. Jenness
Town Hall, Third Floor
149 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Ph: (617) 972-6426
Fx: (617) 972-6484
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm