FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham Seal Development Committee met Tuesday night with the goal of narrowing down designs for the city’s new seal.
The original Framingham seal for the community has not been changed since 1900.
When Framingham became a city in 2017, the charter required the City Council to create a committee to identify a new City of Framingham seal.
Last year, the Committee held an online survey asking residents, if they would like to keep the old seal or replace it with a new one.
Tuesday night’s meeting meeting began with the Committee making a decision on the second design for the first seal.
Seal A would keep the old Framingham seal’s existing base structure but would change a few elements of it. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the second design.
Then it came time for the presentation of the second seal, known as Seal B.
Unlike Seal A, Seal B is an entirely new design, with a minimum of two distinct concepts or symbols that represent Framingham as a whole.
Some of the symbols that were on display included three stars, which represent the military, a human heart, which represents the Framingham Heart Study, wheat, which represents the Danforth Farm, and a railroad, which represents industry. There were a total of 24 designs for Seal B that were presented.
A common feature of the designs was the city’s Memorial Building in the center of the Seal.
Designer Paul Charbonea, said including the Memorial Building into the design was important because it is the first thing that people see when they search Framingham on the Internet. He also explained that the eight pillars on the Memorial Building could represent the various kinds of diversity in the city, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, and political beliefs.
Everyone on the Committee had something to say about the designs, but they didn’t reach a consensus.
The committee decided that each member would pick their three favorite designs, and vote on them at the next meeting, scheduled for June 25.
The meeting concluded with Committee member (and city employee) Renan Pinheiro presenting various ways that the Committee could present the seal designs to the community, including another public survey.
While some members argued that it would be ineffective, because the 11-member City Council has the final say on the new seal, other members thought that it would be a good idea, because it would allow the public to have input in the decision.
The Committee decided it would have “further conversations” about the survey at another date
Photos and report by SOURCE intern Nick Barry, a Westfield State student.