Helpful Links

Island Resources

Nantucket Historic District Commission (HDC)

The HDC regulates exterior changes to all buildings on island and is a valuable resource for those restoring a house or considering an addition. We recommend contacting them early in the process for assistance when considering exterior changes.

37 Washington Street, 508-228-7231.

Nantucket Historical Association Research Library (NHA)

The NHA’s research library holds a large collection of historic documents, photographs, genealogical notes, and other items that can shed light on the history of your old house.

7 Fair Street, 508-228-1655,

Nantucket Atheneum

The island’s public library has a collection of preservation guides and manuals for those seeking additional information.

1 India Street, 508-228-1110,

Envision Heritage

Envision Heritage was launched in 2012 by University of Florida, which explores how new and emerging technologies can be used to document, preserve, and interpret heritage sites. Envision Nantucket is a special initiative to digitally document and preserve the urban core and landmarks of Nantucket. The initiative is a collaboration of the Nantucket Community Preservation Committee, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and the University of Florida Envision Heritage.

Additional Resources

Nantucket Historical Commission

Historic New England

International Preservation Trades Network, Inc.

Massachusetts Historical Commission

Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Park Service

Nantucket Chronicle – General Nantucket Information

Preservation Institute Nantucket

North Bennet Street School – Preservation Carpentry Program