Historic District Commission

Member Address Term Expires
William Finch, Chair 50 Front Street April 1, 2020
Caroline Baird-Mason 583 Hale Street April 1, 2021
Wendy Pearl 21 Morningside Drive April 1, 2021
Suzanne Lamont, Vice Chair 20 Porter Street April 1, 2022

MEETING CANCELLATION: Although Beverly has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, to limit potential exposure, all public meetings, including Board and Commission meetings, have been canceled until further notice.  To this end, the Historic District Commission meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020, has been canceled.

APRIL MEETING DATE REVISION: The April Historic District Commission meeting, previously scheduled for April 9, 2020, has been rescheduled, and will now take place on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

View our 2020 Historic District Commission Meeting Schedule here.

View the Historic District Commission Rules of Procedure here.

Historic Preservation Plan

UPDATE: To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the community workshops described below have been canceled.  Please note that the development of Beverly’s Historic Preservation Plan will continue, and the City is working to develop alternative methods of community outreach and engagement.

Join us for the first set of public workshops for Beverly’s Historic Preservation Plan! Informed by the research and outreach over the winter and spring, this phase of the plan’s development will include community workshops to discuss issues and opportunities. The three public workshops will take place during the third week of March, at the following locations and times:

  • Downtown Community Workshop: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot Street.
  • Beverly Farms Community Workshop: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Conrad Room at the Beverly Public Library – Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street.
  • North Beverly Community Workshop: Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the auditorium/cafeteria of the North Beverly Elementary School, 48 Putnam Street.

All are welcome at these public workshops. Attend the workshop that fits your schedule, or attend more than one!

Please click here to see the flyer describing these community workshops.  Please feel free to share this flyer!

Beverly Powder House

Restoration: The Beverly Powder House will undergo a restoration process from March 2020 to July 2020.  To see construction drawings and a landscape plan, click here.  For this restoration process, the City of Beverly has hired contractor Louis C. Allegrone, Inc., to complete the physical restoration. The restoration process will be overseen by project architect Richard Smith and the City Historic District Commission, Planning Department, and Engineering Department. This restoration project has been funded by the Citizens of Beverly through the Community Preservation Act, a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, a donation from Beverly Crossing, and a grant from the Essex National Heritage Commission.

National Register Listing: Beverly has a new property on the National Register of Historic Places! On August 15, 2019, the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, accepted the City’s nomination of the Beverly Powder House for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In September 2018, the City hired a historic preservation consultant to complete the National Register nomination for the Beverly Powder House. The nomination was completed and submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) in January 2019, and the MHC approved and forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service in June 2019. The National Register Nomination for the Beverly Powder House can be viewed here.

Historic Resource Survey Update

A historic resource survey update was recently completed, including the survey of three historic areas, two historic buildings, and two historic landscapes.  The Final Report for this project can be viewed here.

Please click here to access the surveys.  Please contact the Planning Department for additional information.