Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I have just purchased a house which bears a New Bedford
Preservation Society historic marker. Does this mean there
are restrictions as to how I might restore or renovate my home?
A. If your home is located in New Bedford's "Bedford-Landing
Waterfront Historic District," which has been designated
as a 40C "Local Historic District," exterior changes
must be reviewed and approved by the New
Bedford Historic Commission. The Commission reviews
proposed changes to exterior architectural features visible
from the street, per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40C.
Historic Commission has provided a booklet entitled "There's
a Difference!," which explains the difference between
a Local Historic District and a National Register District.
However, if your home is located in one of the city's "National
Register Districts;" such as the Fort Taber, Merrill's
Wharf, North Bedford, Central New Bedford, Acushnet Heights,
Howland Mill Village, Moreland Terrace or Buttonwood Park areas,
your neighborhood has been recognized as important to the history
of the city. In these districts you are not limited in
any way regarding the handling of your property. However,
the New Bedford Preservation Society has retained the right
to remove its historic marker from any properties which no longer
meet their criteria guidelines. (See
Historic Markers). The society's criteria for historic
markers are now in line with the Secretary
of Interior's standards for rehabilitating, restoring and
reconstructing historic properties.
Q. Can the New Bedford Preservation Society help me
determine a proper paint color scheme for my historic house?
A. The society maintains a small library which is an excellent
resource for information on appropriate period paint color schemes,
along with paint charts of historic colors. Please call
the society office (508-997-6425), if you would like to make
an appointment to visit their library. In addition, brief
consultations may be arranged on a limited basis for homeowners
seeking preservation advice.
Q. Can the society recommend contractors who are knowledgeable
and have experience working on old houses?
A. Yes, the society maintains lists of several local contractors.
Please call the office for names and
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