City of Springfield, MA
Hampden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Springfield as Title 2, Ch. 2.46, of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-9-1989; 3-21-2005]
A. 
There is established under the provisions of the Historic Districts Act, MGL c. 40C, as amended by Chapter 359 of the Acts of 1971, and MGL c. 40, § 8D, a Springfield Historical Commission, to be governed by and operated in accordance with the provisions relative thereto of the General Laws or any special act or amendment thereto.
B. 
The Commission shall consist of seven regular members to be appointed by the Mayor subject to the confirmation of the City Council, including one member from two nominees submitted by the Springfield Historical Society or, in absence thereof, from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; one member from two nominees submitted by the chapter of the American Institute of Architects covering the City; one member from two nominees submitted by the City Board of Realtors; and one member from two nominees submitted by the Springfield Preservation Trust, Inc.
C. 
It is recommended that the remaining three members be selected from among the following professions: a lawyer, a landscape architect, a banker, and a public relations specialist or, in the absence of any one or more of the aforementioned, a person or persons interested in historic preservation.
D. 
Each such member of said Commission shall be a resident of the City and any such member removing his residence from said City shall be considered thereby to have resigned his membership in the Springfield Historical Commission. The members of said Commission shall also include one or more residents of or owners of property in an historic district administered by said Commission. When the Commission is first established, two members shall be appointed for a term of one year; two shall be appointed for a term of two years; and three shall be appointed for a term of three years. At the expiration of the respective terms of the first appointees, the Mayor shall appoint a successor for each office for a term of three years or until a successor is appointed and qualified. In the event a vacancy occurs, it shall be filled in the same manner as that of an original appointment for the unexpired term.
E. 
There shall also be four alternate members to be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the City Council, who need not be from nominees of organizations entitled to nominate members, but shall be residents of the City. In case of the absence, inability to act or unwillingness to act because of conflict of interest or self-interest on the part of a member of the Commission, his place shall be taken by an alternate member designated by the Chairman.
F. 
Each member and alternate shall continue in office after the expiration of his term until his successor is duly appointed and qualified. All members shall serve without compensation. The Commission shall elect annually a Chairman and Vice Chairman from its own number and a Secretary from within or without its number.
A. 
The Commission shall have the power, subject to appropriation or receipt of money:
(1) 
To conduct a survey of buildings and sites in the City to determine which are historically significant, and revise detailed listings of historic sites and buildings in said City;
(2) 
To devise a system of markers for historic sites and buildings, to arrange for the manufacture and installation of such markers, and to arrange care for such markers; and
(3) 
To arrange for the preparation and publication of printed matter relating to historic sites and structures of said City, whether for walking tours, general public information or otherwise.
B. 
The Commission shall also have the power, in accordance with the provision of the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, to:
(1) 
Propose the establishment of additional historic districts or change in existing historic districts; and
(2) 
To consult with and advise the Planning Board, the City Redevelopment Authority and other departments or agencies of said City in matters concerning historic sites and structures.
A. 
The Springfield Historical Commission shall hold its meetings twice a month at a regularly scheduled time and place.
B. 
The Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of its business, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as aforementioned, or with the provisions of this chapter. The original copy of all such rules and regulations, and all amendments, deletions or additions thereto, shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be typewritten on standard 8 1/2 inch by eleven-inch three-hole-punched paper.
The Commission shall take action within 60 days of the filing of an application for a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of nonapplicability or a certificate of hardship, as the case may be, in accordance with the provisions of Section 11 of the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, or any section relative thereto or in amendment thereof.
[Amended 10-18-2005; 12-30-2009; 5-4-2010]
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Editor's Note: The historic district maps noted in this article are on file in the City offices.
There is established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2A, entitled "Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter. In accordance with Section 8, Paragraph b of said Historic Districts Act, so-called, the authority of said Commission shall, however, be limited so as not to extend to any buildings, structures or properties however owned or controlled by the Springfield Library and Museum Association and Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as aforesaid, the Forest Park Heights Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2B, amended 1979, entitled "Forest Park Heights Historic District"; said map to be considered a part hereof.
B. 
Exemptions from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs; subject, however, to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting removal, and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks; provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas and similar appurtenances.
(4) 
The color of paint.
(5) 
The color of materials used on roofs.
(6) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is only illuminated indirectly.
(7) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure, or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the McKnight Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-7C, entitled "McKnight Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemptions from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs; subject, however, to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting removal, and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks; provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas and similar appurtenances.
(4) 
The color of materials used on roofs.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is only illuminated indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure, or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Lower Maple Historic District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2D, as amended 2004, entitled "Lower Maple Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemptions from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs; subject, however, to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting removal, and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas and similar appurtenances.
(3) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is only illuminated indirectly.
(4) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure, or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Ridgewood Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2E, amended 1981, entitled "Ridgewood Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemptions from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs; subject, however, to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting removal, and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks; provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas and similar appurtenances.
(4) 
The color of materials used on roofs.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is only illuminated indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure, or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Maple Hill Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2F, entitled "Maple Hill Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemptions from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs; subject, however, to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal, and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks; provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas and similar appurtenances.
(4) 
The color of materials used on roofs.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is only illuminated indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure, or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Our Lady of Hope Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2G, entitled "Our Lady of Hope District"; said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas (Satellite dishes are regulated; please see Satellite Dish Guidelines.), and similar appurtenances.
(4) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is illuminated only indirectly.
(5) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Immaculate Conception Historic District as shown on the map labeled Exhibit 27-2H, entitled "Immaculate Conception Historic District"; said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas, and similar appurtenances as decided by the Commission.
(4) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if illuminated is illuminated only indirectly.
(5) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 7-20-2015]
A. 
There is established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Willys-Overland Block District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-21, entitled "Willys-Overland Block," said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls.
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners.
(4) 
Color of paint.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and, if illuminated, is illuminated only indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 12-21-2015]
A. 
There is established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Colony Hills Historic District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2G, entitled "Colony Hills Local Historic District"; said map to be considered a part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls.
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners, antennas, and similar appurtenances as decided by the Commission.
(4) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and, if illuminated, is illuminated only indirectly.
(5) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 4-4-2016]
A. 
There is established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Bliss House District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2K, entitled "Bliss House," said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls.
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners.
(4) 
Color of paint.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and, if illuminated, is illuminated only indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 7-18-2016]
A. 
There is established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Thomas Wason House District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2J, entitled "Thomas Wason House," said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls.
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
Storm windows, screens, window air conditioners.
(4) 
Color of paint.
(5) 
Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connection with use of a residence for a customary home occupation, or for professional purposes, provided only one such sign is displayed in connection with each residence and, if illuminated, is illuminated only indirectly.
(6) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 9-11-2017]
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Apremont Triangle Historic District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2K, entitled "Apremont Triangle Historic District"; said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.
[Added 6-4-2018]
A. 
There is further established under the provisions of and in accordance with the Historic Districts Act, so-called, as mentioned in this chapter, the Driscoll Block Historic District as shown on the map, labeled Exhibit 27-2L, entitled "Driscoll Block Historic District"; said map to be considered part of this chapter.
B. 
Exemption from controls:
(1) 
Temporary structures or signs, subject to such conditions as to duration of use, location, lighting, removal and similar matters as the Commission may reasonably specify.
(2) 
Terraces, walks, driveways, and sidewalks, provided that any such structure is substantially at grade level.
(3) 
The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, provided such reconstruction is begun within one year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence.