Historical Commission Announces Preservation Award Winners


8 Cottage Street Front Shot - After Renovation

The Cambridge Historical Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Cambridge Preservation Awards. Inaugurated by the Commission in 1997, the program celebrates both outstanding historic preservation projects and notable individuals for their contributions to the conservation and protection of the city’s architecture and history.  

The award winners include exterior renovations of homes at 1531 Cambridge Street, 8 Cleveland Street, 8 Cottage Street, 31-33 Fayette Street, 24 Highland Street, 102-104 Inman Street, and 122 Oxford Street. The Anthony C. Platt award for an exceptional project in a neighborhood conservation district was awarded to Adrian Catalano for the restoration of the two-family home at 38-40 Arlington Street in the Avon Hill district. Other restoration projects to receive awards are the Great Dome and Barker Library Reading Room at M.I.T.’s Building 10, Christ Church on Garden Street built in 1761, the YMCA in Central Square with its Central House residential rehab, and the former Immaculate Conception Lithuanian Church and Rectory at 424-430 Windsor Street that were successfully adaptively re-used for affordable housing by Just A Start Corporation.

Individuals to be honored for their unique contributions to preservation are Catherine Korsgren, who donated a preservation restriction to Historic New England for her Italianate home at 10 Hollis Street, the board members of the Longview Corporation at 983-986 Memorial Drive for adopting a window restoration policy, and Jane Carbone, Robert Costa, and Deb Hall, three project managers at Homeowner’s Rehab, for their many excellent examples of rehabilitation of older buildings for affordable housing in Cambridge.

Participants in the Cambridge Community Development Department’s Façade, Signage, and Lighting Improvement Program received Certificates of Merit for projects at 1166 Cambridge Street (Puritan & Co. Restaurant), 1 JFK Street (The World’s Only Curious George Store), and 1682 Massachusetts Avenue (Giulia Restaurant).

The Cambridge Historical Commission congratulates the commitment and hard work of the individuals who contributed to these projects that make Cambridge a more attractive and desirable place in which to live and work. The awards ceremony was held at Fariborz Maseeh Hall at M.I.T. on Thursday, May 30. Maseeh Hall received a Preservation Award in 2009. It is the university’s largest undergraduate dormitory and has a rich residential history.

For more information, please contact the Historical Commission at 617-349-4683.

8 Cottage Street Before                                                                                     

8 Cottage Street Front Shot - Before Renovation     

        8 Cottage St. After

8 Cottage Street Front Shot - After Renovation                                                                                                                                                                                                 



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