William Street Historic District

The Tisbury Historic Commission and the William Street Historic District Commission are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to include nominees from the local historic society, the American Institute of Architects, the Board of Realtors, and one or more residents or owners of property in the William Street Historic District. The Commission consists of seven members and up to seven alternate members, whose purview is to preserve and protect the unique character of the William Street Historic District and other buildings of historical significance within the Town.  

The District was established by a vote of the Town at the annual meeting in 1975. The maritime heritage of Tisbury is reflected in the architecture of those lovely buildings crafted by the talented shipwrights of the era, when whaling and shipping provided the economic backbone of Vineyard Haven. Today we are challenged with preserving this inheritance while addressing the needs of owners who wish to adapt their homes to meet the demands of the 21st century.    

Owners in the William Street Historic District who intend to undertake changes to the exterior of any structure(s), or introduce new hardscape will need to obtain approval form the William Street Historic District Commission. Building permits will not be issued by the Town of Tisbury without Commission approval. For new businesses it is advisable to contact the chairman a minimum of fourteen days prior to the meeting date to ensure a spot on the agenda. Depending on the scope of your project a Public Hearing may be required. We recommend that you attend a meeting of the Commission to discuss your ideas prior to initiating extensive designs.  

Commissioners:

NameTitleResident Of

Chairman

Tisbury

Andrew W. Barry

WSHD

Craig Whitaker

WSHD, architect

Judith E. Federowicz

WSHD, realtor

Dana L. Hodsdon

Tisbury

Margaret L. Sibert

WSHD

John Bacheller

WSHD

Anne Lowell Finnerty

Alternate

WSHD

Michael Levandowski

Alternate

WSHD

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