Preservation Awards

Preservation Award plaque

Celebrating 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, and this year's theme is People Saving Places. 

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 the Zoom presentation of 2021's winning projects with this link and passcode: FiHF+2f9

Awards were presented via on June 24, 2021.
Congratulations to the owners and project contributors
of these winning projects!

Preservation Awards:
17 Ellsworth Avenue
19 Fayette Street
78 Holworthy Street
18-28 John F. Kennedy Street
907 Main Street
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Rogers Building (7) Dome
1791 Massachusetts Avenue and 1-2 Frost Terrace
2203 Massachusetts Avenue
63 Mount Auburn Street, Claverly Hall
289 Rindge Avenue
115 Spring Street
90 Thorndike Street

Tony Platt & Nancy Godwin Award:
75 Inman Street

William B. King Demolition Delay Award:
68 Spring Street

Individuals recognized:
Cathie Zusy
Steve Bardige, Heddi Siebel, Justin Godoy, Alexander Von Hoffman, Glenna Lang, Adam Mitchell, Anita McClellan, Ruth Allen 


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