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MODIFY OUR HISTORIC PLACES

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You may be the owner of a historic house or the town government agent responsible for an historic building and you would like to make a change to your property.  Here is how you should proceed:

  • If your property is inside one of our two historic districts, proceed to “INSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT” below. If you are not certain that your property is in a historic district, check our historic district maps.
  • If your property is outside either historic district, proceed to “OUTSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT” below. Again, check our historic district maps if you are not certain that your property is in a historic district.

INSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT:

In historic districts, if you want to modify an exterior part of your house or building, an application must be submitted to the Harvard Historical Commission (HHC).

The process has three steps:

  1. Submit an application, and
  2. HHC determines if your application requires review and a hearing, then
  3. HHC decides if your proposed change is appropriate.   

OUTSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT:

If your historic property is outside our historic districts, the Commission makes itself available for advice and consultation services as part of our town government services to its residents. There are no obligations to take advantage of the services of the Commission nor to accept its recommendations.

In general, the Commission will provide the following information or services to a resident owner of an historic property:

  1. Provide the history of your property or refer you to someone who can provide that history;
  2. Provide advice on the architecture or construction design for your historical building;
  3. Provide referrals to qualified restoration or historical preservation experts;
  4. Provide advice regarding the source of financial assistance or grants for restoration work on your historical building.