Preservation Awards

Preservation Award plaque

Celebrating historic preservation in Cambridge!

2023 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. 

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

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