A home is deemed historic by the National Register of Historic Places—or by a local historic board or commission. Historical homes typically have a signature architectural style. They capture the essence of a given time period, or a historical home is associated with famous people from the past. Historic homes are defined as being 50-75 years old. For the purposes of this search, we are highlighting homes built 1920 and earlier in Massachusetts. Some of the homes you will see in this list are officially historic homes and some are not.
Historic home owners, depending on local regulations, must follow strict rules regarding approved updates (exterior color, window design, etc). Some communities allow modern updates and some do not. Enjoy the variety Massachusetts has to offer!
The continuing presence of historic properties in Massachusetts immeasurably enhances the quality of our lives; they help to establish our sense of place and to define the very character of our communities. To meet the challenge of preserving this important heritage, the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) was established by the legislature in 1963* to identify, evaluate, and protect important historical and archaeological assets of the Commonwealth.