Preservation Awards

Preservation Award plaque

Celebrate Historic 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:

  • historical and architectural significance of the property,
  • exceptional quality of the project,
  • extent to which the project contributed to the preservation of the property,
  • impact of the project on the preservation of the city’s historic resources

View slide show of winning projects or download list of project contributors.

Awards were presented on May 18, 2017 at the O'Connell Branch Library.
Congratulations to the owners and project contributors on this year's winning projects! 

2016-2017 
Preservation Awards


48 Sixth Street, O’Connell Branch Library
151-157 Allston Street
40 Bow Street
76 Brattle Street, Greenleaf House
134 Brattle Street
81 Garfield Street
41 Gibson Street
27-29 Highland Avenue
614-620 Massachusetts Avenue
87 Plymouth Street
43 Reservoir Street
186-188 River Street
49 Washington Avenue

Anthony C. Platt Award
11 Ellsworth Avenue

Storefronts-For-All, Community Development Department
284 Broadway, Lamplighter Brewing Company


For information on the Massachusetts Historical Commission's preservation awards program, click here.