Historic Homeowner Resources
Welcome Historic Homeowner Members
We look forward to getting to know you and your house better in the coming months and to helping you maintain the distinctive character of your historic home. The oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country, Historic New England makes its legacy of stewardship and preservation excellence available to you through the Historic Homeowner membership program.
Historic Homeowner Benefits
Select one major consultation annually, either to choose historic paint colors (Option A) or to evaluate the compatibility of a proposed construction project (Option B).
Consultations are done by e-mail or telephone, using images and documentation supplied by the member. Staff review your information, contact you either by e-mail or telephone to discuss your proposal, and prepare a written report (2-4 pages) including information on:
- the architectural style of your house, including any readily identifiable alterations or modifications of the original structure that may have affected its form or style;
- the recommended colors/treatments for your house, including, for paint color consultations, paint color samples; and
- recommended sources for further information on your house’s history or architecture.
Option A: Paint Color Consultation
Is it time to paint your house? Select one paint color consultation annually; choose either exterior (whole house) or interior (two rooms) painting. Complete the Paint Consultation Documentation Form (PDF) and submit it with photographs (digital or standard prints) at least one month prior to the anticipated start of the paint job.
Based on the documentation and a preliminary e-mail or phone consultation, Historic Homeowner staff will provide you with two potential paint color schemes compatible with the period and style of your old house. A follow-up consultation after paint colors have been sampled by the member is provided to fine-tune the final selection.
Option B: Construction Project Evaluation
Are you planning a construction project? Select one evaluation of a construction project annually. Complete a Construction Evaluation Documentation Form (PDF) and submit it with all relevant plans and illustrations (digital or standard prints) at least two months prior to the anticipated start of the construction project.
Based on the documentation and a preliminary e-mail or phone consultation, Historic Homeowner staff will provide you with a written evaluation of the compatibility of your construction project for the period and style of your old house including any alternative design or material recommendations to enhance the consistency of the proposal. A follow-up consultation is provided to fine-tune the recommended approach.
Additional Technical Assistance Requests
Wondering how to treat your wide board floors? Where to find hardware for your shutters? Get help locating suppliers or materials, obtaining information on building systems maintenance, or minor repairs to building components. Let our experienced staff provide the answers.
As a Historic Homeowner member, enjoy two additional e-mail or phone requests for technical assistance annually; all requests will be answered on a first come, first served basis.
Electronic Newsletters and Invitations to Members-Only Workshops
Historic Homeowner members receive monthly e-newsletters and invitations to two members-only special programs on house maintenance and resource issues annually.
How to Access Your Historic Homeowner Benefits:
The Historic Homeowner membership program is staffed by Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services manager; she can be contacted Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST at 617-994-6645 or via e-mail. The mailing address is:
Historic Homeowner Membership Program,
Historic New England, c/o The Lyman Estate,
185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452-5645
As a function of Historic Homeowner membership, Historic New England staff will not intervene or participate in local historic district, zoning, planning board, building inspection, or other local, state or federal regulatory actions, or advocate for particular design approaches or proposals before any local, state, federal or other governmental body, board, commission, or authority. The Historic Homeowner membership program does not support or recommend the installation of vinyl siding or vinyl replacement windows. Property owners are solely responsible for obtaining all local government approvals, where required, for projects, including, but not limited to, certificates of appropriateness, hardship or non-applicability, building permits, site plans, special permits, or variances.