COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to Governor Baker's state of emergency declared on March 10, 2020, we are currently only accepting Design Review Applications with a signed extension form. Applications may be submitted by email with a hard copy and check for the application mailed to Environment Department, Room 709, Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201.
The Mission Hill Triangle Architectural Conservation District Commission (MHTACDC) meets on the third Tuesday of each month to review proposed exterior design changes and alterations. Interested in becoming a commissioner? Please see details about nomination in the district's Study Report and check the commission information section at the bottom of this page. If you see an "apply online" button, we have an opening on the commission and you're able to apply for it.
Design Review Process
All exterior work proposed on front elevations, side elevations, or on rooftops that is (or will be) visible from any public way requires the review of the MHTACDC - the exception is work at rear elevations. You must submit a Design Approval Application to the Commission and it must be approved by the Commission before beginning any work subject to Commission review.
- To save time and costs, please contact staff early in the planning process to determine project compliance with the .
- Review all instructions and documentation requirements before submitting your application to ensure it is complete. Only complete applications will be added to a public hearing agenda.
- Please review all instructions and documentation requirements before submitting your application.
- Submit your application well in advance of a filing deadline in case it is marked incomplete and additional or revised information needs to be submitted.
- Staff is not available to review applications for completeness immediately upon submittal.
- Do not begin any work, or buy materials, until after you have received confirmation you project has been approved.
Development in the Mission Hill Triangle (MHT) area began in 1872, nearly all are remarkably well preserved. Mission Hill is a neighborhood in Roxbury, annexed to Boston in 1868. MHT buildings are mostly two-story brick rowhouses, some with brownstone, sandstone, or marble facing. These rowhouses are typically set back from the sidewalk, allowing for small, landscaped front yards. Huntington Avenue was cut through the area in 1882, spurring construction of three-story, multi-family residences at the ends of Worthington and Wigglesworth Streets, and four-story single family houses on Huntington Avenue. MHT remains substantially intact, retaining much of its original character and intimacy.
For further historical background please see Mission Hill Triangle Architectural Conservation District Study Report.