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Historic District
Mission Statement: The Searles Tenney Nevins Historic District was established by the City of Methuen in 1992 to preserve the distinctive architecture and rich character of one of Massachusetts’ most unique neighborhoods. The Historic District is administered by the Methuen Historic District Commission, an oversight board appointed by City Council that applies rules and regulations to protect the district from alteration and development that might compromise its aesthetic integrity or diminish its historic value.
In the industrial boom of the late 19th century, Methuen city fathers Edward F. Searles, Charles H. Tenney, and David C. Nevins amassed considerable personal fortunes through hat manufacturing, textile production, and railroads. Choosing to invest their wealth in Methuen, they heavily influenced the city’s economic development and left a legacy of architecture and civic works that has helped shape the community’s character and quality of life.
Today, the trio’s collective vision can be seen in mills, housing, schools, mansions, churches, monuments, playgrounds, the library, and the architectural fantasies that resulted from their artistic rivalry. The historic district boundaries were established to include properties and buildings constructed or used by the Searles, Tenney and Nevins families and the people who worked for them.
Please note that Historic District Commission Meetings will now be held at 7pm in the Searles Building 2nd Floor Conference Room, 41 Pleasant St. in Methuen.
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 Osgood Street Mills

 Historic District Commission
Community Development Office
Phone: 978-983-8566
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - Noon
 Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - Noon
Historic District Commission Rules and Regulations
Historic District Address List
Application for Certificate
2014 Historic District Commission Meeting Schedule
2009-11 Meeting Archive
2008 Meeting Archive
2006-07 Meeting Archive