Historic Districts Commission

  • 3rd Thursday of the month
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Historical Commission


Name Position
Term Expires
Virginia Tay Chairman
Micheal Collard Vice-Chair 2021
Hans von der Luft Member 2022
Carol Pyles Member 2021
Catherine Daley Member 2021
Ben Burnham Alternate Member
Justin Aborn Alternate Member 2020
Tomas Kindler Alternate Member 2020
Tracy Shriver Alternate Member 2020
Robert Edson Alternate Member 2021


Our office provides the following services:
  • Certificates of Appropriateness
  • Certificates of Non Applicability
    (each of the above precedes a building permit)
  • Preliminary project discussion and review with the Administrator
  • Informal project discussion with the Commission


The Historic Districts Commission is charged with preserving the historical and architectural legacy of the town by reviewing the appropriateness of all proposed exterior alterations and renovations of historic properties located within the town's local historic districts. The Commission also reviews the design of new construction within a District.

Preserving Hingham's Character

The Historic Districts Commission preserves the unique character of Hingham by serving as a design review board. The Commission consists of 5 members and 5 alternates, all volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Historic Districts By-Law requires that the Commission include an architect, 1 designee each from the Planning Board and Historical Society, a resident of an historic district, and one at-large member. The knowledge and expertise of the Commission members in the areas of building and landscape architecture, history, and building preservation have proved invaluable to the owners of historic properties.

Helping Homeowners

The goal of the Historic Districts Commission is to help homeowners identify options to make exterior changes that are historically and architecturally appropriate for the age and style of the house and for the streetscape as a whole. The Commission works with the property owner, the Building Department, the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, and other town offices to retain Hingham's rich heritage.