Ipswich Architectural Preservation District

Ipswich Architectural Preservation District
Ipswich has four contiguous historic districts in the oldest part of town dating back to the 17th Century, which make up the Ipswich Architectural Preservation District

Architectural Preservation District

The  2014 Fall Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 established an Architectural Preservation District (APD) for the most historic areas of the town.

The bylaw was adopted at Town Meeting under the Home Rule Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution and is administered by an Architectural Preservation District Commission. The Architectural Preservation District proposal was revised through a series of open meetings of the Historical Commission, The APD encompasses an area roughly defined as 220 acres beginning at the South Green, continuing along the river to the Town Wharf, East and High Streets to the High Street Bridge, North Main Street and Meeting House Green.

The Ipswich Architectural Preservation District (APD) protects the most historic areas of the town, beginning at the South Green, continuing along the river to the Town Wharf, East and High Streets to the High Street Bridge, North Main Street and Meeting House Green. No building within the Architectural Preservation District constructed before 1900 may be demolished, constructed or substantially altered without consent of the APD Commission, which also provides advisory design guidelines. 

Quick links

Ipswich MA APD map
Official Architectural Preservation District Map on the Town of Ipswich site
Proposed addition to Architectural Preservation District