Historical House Sign Program

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The Westford Historical Commission has created a Historic House Sign Program, providing owners of historic or architecturally significant houses with an opportunity to mark their homes with pride, knowledge, and to serve as conscious custodians of their home’s heritage.  We believe that Historic House signs enhance the appearance of older homes, while promoting community awareness of our local history.

Information on how to obtain a historic house sign is listed below.

About the Signs


Signs will be 12x16 weatherproof MDO signboard, finished with three coats of sign painter’s oil based primer and enamel topcoat, white background all black, hand-painted letters. Longevity 20+ years.  See attached rendering.

Cost


$62.00 (includes sign, screws, and shipping costs).  
Vendor for signs is Ould Colony Artisans (ouldcolonyartisans.com)

Example of Historic House Sign

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Placement


For uniformity, the Historic Commission recommends hanging your sign at 1) the far-right corner of the street-facing-side, 2) top of the first-story of your home.

What properties qualify?


To participate in the program and obtain a marker for a home or other structure, property owners (applicants) will be asked to insure that the structure meets two or more of the criteria outlined below:

  • Age. The home or other structure was built 100 years ago or more.
  • Historic Event. The structure or site is associated with a particular event that has contributed to our understanding of local, regional, or national history.  A marker meeting this criterion might read, for example, “Site of 1775 Revolutionary War Skirmish between Colonial and British Militias.”
  • Person(s). The structure or site is associated with the life or lives of an individual, a family, or a group who has made a notable contribution to local, regional, or national history, culture, or arts, even if the names of those persons are no longer known. In the instance of unknown names of an individual or individuals, it is the contribution or connection to history that is being noted.
  • Period/Style. The structure embodies distinctive characteristics of clear, classifiable periods of architecture or styles of construction. This criterion applies to the work of noted architects or builders as well as to simpler vernacular styles.
  • Cultural Landscape/Archeology.  The site of the structure named in the application has yielded, or is likely to yield, information important to the understanding of our local prehistory or history of record.  Such a marker might read, for example, “c. 1800, Site of the Oldest Known Tavern in the Town of Westford.”

How do I apply?


  • Hard copies of the application will be available at The Cottage in front of the Westford Museum 4 Boston Road or can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
  • Homeowners will fill out the application and submit a photo and inventory form (If and when applicable) front the Massachusetts Historical Commission database (http://mhc-macris.net) or any other relevant information on the property. Please keep sign information relevant to the historical significance of the property.
Once completed, submit your application with a check payable to Ould Colony Artisans in the amount of $62.00 to the following address:

Westford Historical Commission
4 Boston Road
Westford, MA. 01886
ATTN: House Sign Program


The Historical Commission will review your application at the monthly meeting as quickly as possible (30-60 days). Once sign information and history of the property is confirmed, the Historical Commission will submit your sign order and check for payment to Ould Colony Artisans who will create your sign and mail to you for hanging            
Note: The Westford Historical Commission may contact you via email or phone to suggest any recommended changes to your sign.
Participation in Westford's Historic Sign Program does not limit your property in any way.

Please contact the Historical Commission (historic@westfordma.gov) with any questions or comments.

Historic house Sign Application Form