Historical Commission

Meetings

A public comment period preceded each meeting and the public is invited.
  • Meetings are held regularly in the evenings on the last Monday of the month.

Members

The seven-member Historical Commission is concerned with the preservation, promotion, and development of the city's historical assets.
  • David Drake, Chair
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Martha Lyon, Vice Chair
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Craig Della Penna, Historic Northampton & Realtor Association Nominees
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Pauline Fogel, Realtor Association Nominee
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Bruce Kriviskey, WMAIA Nominee
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Barbara Blumenthal
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
  • Dylan Gaffey
    Term expires: September 23, 2016
Mission
Established by city ordinance in 1973 and updated in 2013 with the merger with the Historic District Commission, the Northampton Historical Commission (NHC) is charged the “preservation, promotion and development of the historical assets of the city.” 

Commission Responsibilities

The seven-member Historical Commission is concerned with the preservation, promotion and development of the city's historical assets. The commission also oversees the Elm Street Historical District that is centered on Elm Street and Round Hill Road.

Historic District
The commission administers requests for Certificates for work proposed in the Elm Street Historic District, which includes portions of both Elm Street and Round Hill.

Demolition Review
Northampton’s "Demolition Review" is a prerequisite review process prior to the issuance of a demolition permit. The ordinance protects properties from total demolition up to twelve months from the initial demolition request if, in the view of the commission, the property is historically significant or has architectural or cultural merit.

The ordinance covers all properties built in 1900 and earlier and properties constructed from 1901 - 1939. If they are listed on an inventory compiled by the commission. The list of subject properties from 1901-1939 is available in the Building Department and Office of Planning and Sustainability. Permits for demolition originate in the Building Department.
Permits Issued by the Commission
  • Certain work within the Elm Street Historical District
  • Demolition of certain historical buildings citywide