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Cambridge Historical Commission Preservation Awards Program

Celebrate Preservation in Cambridge!

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program, inaugurated by the Historical Commission in 1997, celebrates outstanding projects and notable individuals who conserve and protect the city’s architecture and history. Awards are given each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year. May is National Preservation Month.

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

View 2014-15 Awards Slide Show               Browse Project Participants

Congratulations to this year's winning projects, their owners, and all those who participated with them!

Preservation Awards

1801 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University

Agassiz House, Radcliffe Yard

84 Amory Street

130 Bishop Allen Drive, NEGEA Building

168 Elm Street North

Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

106 Foster Street

16 Garden Street, Sheraton Commander

19 Howard Street

18-20 Kelly Road

24 Kelly Road

430-442 Massachusetts Avenue, The Kennedy

Anthony C. Platt Neighborhood Conservation District Award

93 Inman Street

Community Development Department Façade, Lighting & Signage Improvements

The Coast Café, 233 River Street

Darwin’s, 313 Massachusetts Avenue

The Druid, 1357 Cambridge Street

Individual Recognition

M. Wyllis Bibbins

Sarah S. Boyer

Edward Seldin


View last year's award winners!

View 2013-14 Awards Slide Show               Browse Project Participants


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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