Historic Preservation

The goal of both the Historical Commission (HC) and the Historic District Commission (HDC) is to preserve, protect and develop the historical and archaeological assets of the Town of Framingham. Both commissions are supported by staff from the Community and Economic Development Division (C&ED).

The Town's Historic Preservation Plan is currently being revised by both Commissions. Click here to review the 2002 plan, while the 2016 plan is updated. 

Resources for Owners of Historic Properties

Do you own a historic property in the Town of Framingham? Are you looking to do some historically-sensitive work on your property, but don't know where to start?

A collection of resources about performing rehabilitation work on historic buildings can be found on the Resources page. You can also contact C&ED Staff to discuss any issues or questions you might have.

Historical Commission

The Historical Commission was created by a vote of Town Meeting in April, 1969 and oversees most preservation efforts in town. Their main activities include implementing the demolition delay bylaw and promoting Framingham's history. The HC has also worked to assemble the Cultural Resources Inventory, which lists all historically significant buildings, objects, and landscapes in Town.

Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission was created alongside Framingham's first local historic district - the Centre Common Historic District - at the 1978 Annual Town Meeting. The Centre Common Historic District has been expanded several times since then and two new districts have been created: the Jonathon Maynard Historic District and the Sarah Clayes House Historic District. The HDC reviews changes to properties within these districts.