The Holyoke Historical Commission was established on November 20, 1972 to preserve and develop the historical and archeological assets of the town. The Commission maintains an inventory of buildings, areas, and sites of architectural and/or historical importance in Holyoke. It collects reference information and can assist those seeking National Register Nominations for their buildings or neighborhoods. The Historical Commission administers the demolition by-law.
The Holyoke Historical Commission works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in planning for future development of the community. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interests involve history or historic preservation; The Commission serves as the liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs; and is mandated to be the local municipal "watchdog" for state and federal preservation agencies, alerting them to local preservation issues.
Chapter 40, Section 8D of Massachusetts General Laws identifies five responsibilities for all commissions established under this Chapter:
- Conducting research on places of historical or architectural value
- Cooperating with the State Archaeologist in conducting surveys and reporting on sites
- Coordinating with other preservation organizations
- Keeping accurate records of its actions and filling an annual report and
- Maintaining a membership of not less than three or more than seven members, duly appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Optional responsibilities include:
- Prepare and distribute publications
- Make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and Massachusetts Historical Commission
- Hold hearings
- Enter into contracts and other agreements
- Accept gifts to further its work
- Hire staff and
- Acquire property in the community's name
- HOLYOKE IS A CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT CITY-2014-
Download Arcticle from Massachusetts Historical E-Newsletter
Appointed by: Mayor with City Approval
Term: 3 Years
We respectfully request that interested individuals attend several commission meetings before requesting confirmation and appointment by the Mayor and City Council. The Chair will have more information and packets to aid in the better understanding the components of the Commission.
The Commission can help you with these other items:
- National Register application
- Historic House Plaque Plaque application - sample plaque - Contact: City Historian Penni Marotell
- Demolition Delay information (PDF of ordinance)
- INSURANCE FOR HISTORIC HOMES
- HHC Historical Significance Assessment
- Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System
- How to Research your Home in Holyoke
City Hall tours and walking city tours are available upon request. Please call 413-322-5655 for more information.
Please check the city calendar for our monthly agenda.
Holyoke Historical Commission meetings are generally held at 6:30 pm on the second Monday of the month in City Hall Annex Rm. 403.
- January 14, 2019
- February 11, 2019
- March 11, 2019
- April 8, 2019
- May 20, 2019
- June 10, 2019
- July 15, 2019
- August 12, 2019
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- Richard Ahlstrom, Chair (term expires May 1, 2021)firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paola Ferrario (term expires April 1, 2021)email@example.com
- Joseph Paul, (term expires Jan 1, 2021) JoePaul711@gmail.com
- James Sheehan, (term expires Jan 1, 2020) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Frances Welson, (term expires April 16, 2021) Welson.FG@gmail.com
- Chris Gauthier, (term expires May 1. 2021) email@example.com
Click here to view the 2017.08.21 Mater Dolorosa LHD Preliminary Report (Final)
Local Historic District Commission
Fairfield Avenue is the first Local Historic District in Holyoke. (Mass. General Law Chapter 40 C)
Composition: The Local Historic District Commission is a seven member board established in 2007 (2010) duly appointed by Mayor Pluta and confirmed by the Holyoke City Council.
Purpose: the commission’s most important goal is the preservation of Holyoke’s first local historic district- Fairfield Avenue. The purpose of the District Commission is to aid in the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics and architecture of the buildings and places significant to the history of the City of Holyoke, to maintain and improve their settings as approved in the City Ordinance and to encourage new building designs compatible with the existing architectures, enlargement or reduction of boundaries, and filings of maps.
Means of Operation: The Local Historic District holds public meetings once a month and public hearings as needed. The District Commission reviews any changes to the EXTERIOR of the properties on Fairfield Avenue; reviews/amends the guidelines for the local historic district, upholds the ordinance as amended and approved by the Holyoke City Council; and works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure the goals of historic preservation are considered in the planning for future preservation of this street. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interest involve history or historical preservation.
The District Commission also serves as a liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs and is mandated to be the local district commission for state and federal preservation agencies alerting them to local preservation issues that pertain to the Local Historic District. The existing Local Historic District Commission may be asked to survey and research any new historic districts in the city.
We respectfully request that interested individuals attend several commission meetings before requesting confirmation and appointment by the Mayor and City Council. The Chair will have more information and packets to aid in the better understanding the duties of the District Commission.
*Marco Crescentini, term expires July 1, 2018-resident of Fairfield Avenue, mecrescentini
Sandra Parent, (Holyoke Resident) term expires July 1, firstname.lastname@example.org Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA. 413-536-4855
Wendy Weiss, (Property Owner) term expires July 1, email@example.com Fairfield Avenue, Holyoke, MA.
Susan Woods, Olivia Mausel
Fairfield Avenue Local Historical District_registry map
Fairfield Ave Sheet/page and book
Fairfield Avenue Summary Report–fairfieldsummaryreport – GUIDELINES PAGES 24-27
Application for EXTERIOR changes ONLY…..must be approved BEFORE permits are issued.
Fairfield application download- being revised Oct. 2016
Nov. Dec. 2016
Location: City Hall Annex Office 100 A (first floor by the elevator)
September, 2016 TBA
October 11, 2016
November 9, 2016
December 14, 2016
January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
The City of Holyoke was awarded a 2015 Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to update the City’s 1991 Preservation Plan based on current conditions in the City. Matching funds for the project were sought and provided by through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Office of Planning and Economic Development in collaboration with the Historical Commission, hired the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to assist with the project.
Download the City of Holyoke- Center City Preservation Plan 2016 here.
Marcos A. Marrero
Director of Planning & Economic Development
Holyoke City Hall Annex 20 Korean Veterans Plaza, Suite 406 Holyoke, MA. 01040 Map
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Posted on December 20, 2012 by Planning