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Monument Square Landmark District

Last summer, The Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) submitted a petition to the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) to designate a Monument Square Landmark District with strong support from Monument Square residents.

In July, the landmark district petition was presented by CPS President Amanda Zettel at the BLC hearing for acceptance of petition for further study. It was accepted unanimously by the Commission and Monument Square is now a Pending Landmark District. A study report will be prepared for review by the public, owners, abutters, and other stakeholders before a future presentation to the Commission and then a vote for designation as a Landmark District.

The BLC enabling legislation, Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, sets out the next steps of the process, namely the creation of a Study Committee and the preparation of the Study Report. Study committee members will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; five (5) members of the BLC plus six (6) persons “who have demonstrated interest in the district” will comprise the Study Committee. The BLC has included this study in the budget for 2023. They will send notices of public meetings to residents within the pending district. Study reports are carefully researched documents and take time to prepare. In addition to sections on the district’s historical and architectural significance, reports describe recommended physical boundaries, economic conditions, and planning considerations for the district.

The Protect Historic Charlestown Committee (PHCC) of the CPS has a great working relationship with BLC staff and is drafting preliminary sections of a study report.

CLICK HERE for information on the history of Monument Square and its historical significance, as well as information on what a Landmark Designation would entail.

We are collecting names of people interested in being nominated to serve on the study committee. Please reach out by email to if you would like to be considered, or if you have any other questions.

Amanda Zettel,
President Charlestown Preservation Society
Eric Hill, Chair Protect Historic Charlestown Committee