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Cambridge Historical Commission Preservation Awards Program

Celebrate Preservation in Cambridge!

Download a nomination form here.

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program was initiated in 1997 by the Cambridge Historical Commission to celebrate outstanding efforts to preserve Cambridge's historic character and built environment. Awards are given in each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year.

Award-winning projects embody the goals of preserving, protecting and celebrating Cambridge's historic architecture and unique sense of place. May is National Preservation Month. In 2011, the national theme of Preservation Month, chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was "Celebrating America's Treasures."  For more information about national Preservation Week activities, go to the  National Trust's web site. 

The seven project categories eligible for Cambridge Preservation Awards are: restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use, neighborhood conservation, landscape preservation, archaeology, and education/outreach. Awards are presented on the basis of the following criteria:

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Previous award winning projects have included residential, commercial, and industrial properties and historic landscapes.

The restoration and adaptive re-use of the Kendall Boiler and Tank Company building at 275 Third Street (see photo below) was recognized with a preservation award in 2000 and was the site of the program's reception in 2002. The winner of the 2010 Anthony C. Platt Award was 9 Walnut Avenue, a meticulous restoration of an 1887 Queen Anne style home in the Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District.

Kendall Boiler & Tank Co. Building, 275 Third Street
Preservation Award winner in 2000

Niles/Ferraro House, 9 Walnut Avenue
Preservation Award winner in 2010

NOTE: The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) organizes a statewide Preservation Award program.
For more information about the MHC's award program and nomination process, click here.


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