Historical Commission Announces 2009 Preservation Awards


The Cambridge Historical Commission will celebrate National Preservation Month by recognizing outstanding historic preservation projects at its annual preservation awards reception Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m., at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Cambridge Preservation Recognition Program honors property owners and other project participants who conserve and protect the city’s architecture and historic resources. The projects represent substantial private and public investment in the historic resources of Cambridge and improvements in our quality of life. A wide range of properties will be recognized, including private homes, university buildings, and the interior restoration of the Multicultural Arts Center. Also to be honored are storefront improvement projects and individual achievement in the field of historic preservation.


Preservation Awards for outstanding restoration and preservation projects will be given to the following projects: 164 Brattle Street, 180 Chestnut Street, 101½ Inman Street, relocated Harvard Law School buildings at 1637 Massachusetts Avenue & 3+5 Mellon Street, 189 Pearl Street, 17 Perry Street, 41 Second Street, 102 Thorndike Street, and 107 Washington Avenue.


The Anthony C. Platt Award is presented each year to an exceptional example of preservation in a neighborhood conservation district. The award is named in memory of Anthony C. Platt, a local architect and former member of the Historical Commission and the Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission. The winner of this year's Platt Award is 7 St. Mary Road, a careful renovation of an 1862 home in the Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District.


Sally Zeckhauser, of Harvard University, will be recognized for her significant contributions to historic preservation and for her leadership at the university in preserving and restoring many significant buildings on the Harvard campus.


Four storefront renovations will receive Certificates of Merit in recognition of their positive contribution to the streetscape and respectful treatment of the historic aspects of their buildings: the storefront at 983 Massachusetts Avenue; Craigie on Main at 853 Main Street; the Sofra Bakery & Café at 1 Belmont Street; and the U-Haul store at 844 Main Street.


The Old Cambridge Baptist Church was recognized last year for its successful long-term restoration project of its building at 1151 Massachusetts Avenue. The masonry and stained glass restorations were technically supported and partially funded with Institutional Preservation Grants through the Community Preservation Act funds.


The Historical Commission is pleased to honor and celebrate the commitment of all the individuals who work together on these projects to make Cambridge a more attractive and desirable place in which to live and work.

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