Preservation Awards

Preservation Award plaque

Celebrating historic preservation in Cambridge!

Nomination Form

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 presented each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year. May is National Preservation Month and the 2023 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. Award winners are selected 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 a slideshow of the 2023 Preservation Awards program.

The 2023 honorees were, 

Cambridge Preservation Awards

The Foundry, 101 Rogers Street
113 Brattle Street
Squirrelwood, Broadway & Columbia Streets
362 Broadway
271 Cambridge Street
152 Charles Street
8 Ellery Street (Anthony Platt & Nancy Goodwin Award)
134 Hancock Street
Memorial Hall, Harvard University
19 Hubbard Park
902-912 Massachusetts Avenue
Resch Boathouse, MIT Building W8
Green Building Radome, MIT Building W54
583 Mt. Auburn Street
46 Pleasant Street
142 Prospect Street (William B. King Demo Delay Award)
18 Rindge Avenue

Individual Recognition to the authors of books published in 2022-2023 that were researched at the Cambridge Historical Commission

Suzanne Blier, The Streets of Newtowne: A Story of Cambridge, MA
Robert Buderi, Where Futures Converge: Kendall Square and the Making of a Global Innovation Hub
William M. Deen, Minuteman Railroad: Boston & Maine’s Lexington Branch
Darlene Lacey, NECCO: An Epic Candy Tale and NECCO: An Archive Collection
Catherine J. Turco, Harvard Square: A Love Story
Karen Weintraub and Michael Kutcha, Born in Cambridge: 400 Years of Ideas and Innovators


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