Wellesley created its first two single building historic districts in 2011, being the Methodist Meeting House Historic District and the Tufts House Historic District (view final report). These recognize and preserve individual buildings that are an integral part of the Town’s legacy. The 2014 Annual Town Meeting voted unanimously to approve the creation of two additional single building Historic Districts, those being the Sylvia Plath House Historic District (photo above) and the Fiske House Historic District (photo below) (view final report).
All historic districts, whether multiple building or single building, must be approved by a vote of Town Meeting. Town Meeting also decides, from a list provided in Chapter 40C, what types of exterior changes in a historic district will require additional review. No Historic District Commission review is required for interior changes or renovations. In Wellesley, the Town-appointed Historic District Commission oversees the review process, which consists primarily of an application by the property owner, a public hearing, and a written decision by the Historic District Commission.