The Commission is ready to assist residents in noting the historical significance of their homes. Our goal is to encourage research and appreciation of the diversity of stories our architecture can tell about our history. (download application here) To be included in the program and obtain a wooden sign for your home, the structure should fulfill two or more of the following criteria:
Age. We are expanding our date range to include structures built 50 or more years ago.
Event. Structure or site is associated with an historic event that contributed significantly to local, regional or national history.
Persons. Structure or site is associated with the life of a person or group who made a notable contribution to local, regional or national history, even if the names of those persons are no longer known.
Style. Structure embodies distinctive characteristics of architectural or construction types, to include both the work of noted architects or simpler, vernacular styles.
Archeology. Site has yielded or is likely to yield important information in local history or pre-history. You might consult the following sources in researching your property, available at the Concord Free Public Library: Highlights of Concord's Historic Resources, Historic Resources Masterplan, and Survey of Historical and Architectural Resources. The Commission would appreciate photocopies of any relevant pages to expedite our review process.
The Commission will review applications at our regular schedule meetings which are generally held on the third Thursday of each month. Upon acceptance of an application, the applicant will be notified and is directly responsible for contacting and paying the sign maker. The exact wording must be approved by the Commission prior to contracting for the sign to be made. If your house is in an Historic District, please be informed that the Concord Historic District Commission has pre-approved our house marker signs, as long as homeowners go through this application process. This pre-approval will be reflected in a future edition of the HDC Guidelines.
Note that the sign allows only about 16 x 4.6" of lettering space, and therefore two lines of text work best.
Please mail your completed application to:
Concord Historical Commission
c/o Department of Planning & Land Management
141 Keyes Road
Concord, MA 01742