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The Historic District Commission (HDC) is a volunteer Board of Dedham residents appointed and approved by the Board of Selectmen. The Commission is composed of persons with professional expertise in Law, Architecture, History, Historic Preservation, Conservation, local Real Estate and Finance. The Commission is the official agent of municipal government responsible for historic preservation, contextual compliance, and regulatory design review within the designated local Historic Districts. The Local Historic Districts are areas with specific boundaries (see map) that have been recognized for their historical and architectural significance, as defined in Town Bylaw Chapter 168 and Chapter 40C of the Massachusetts General Laws.

In its capacity as the town's Historical Commission, the HDC is also responsible for identifying and evaluating historic properties throughout the town as a whole. The Commission is available to provide guidance to historic property owners regarding potential eligibility as a Local Historic District or nomination to the National Register of Historic Places


The Historic Districts Commission has seven members who serve 3-year terms. All members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Members must have professional expertise in architecture, conservation, finance, history, historic preservation, law or local real estate. 

Current members include:

 Stanton A. Lyman, A.I.A  Chair  2020
 Andrea M. Gilmore  Vice Chair  2020
 Margaret F. Cabot  Secretary  2020
 Kevin F. Hampe, Esq.  Attorney  2020
 Lynn A. Fairbank  Member  2020
 Alexander K. Leith   Member  2020
 Judith A. Neiswander, PhD  Member  2020


Town boards and committees consist of volunteers who may not be available during business hours. If you need a response during business hours, please contact the Town Manager's Office.


The Historic District Commission normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Town Hall. In compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, meeting agendas are posted on this website, at Town Hall, and at the Dedham Public Library at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting.

Historic District Commission Meeting minutes are typically published on the website after they have been approved by the Commission. To inquire about minutes that are not posted online, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office. Audio files may be available.