Preservation Awards

Preservation Award plaque

Celebrating historic preservation in Cambridge!

2023 Awards Invitation

Event Updates (May 25, 2023):
We've had a record number of RSVPs to the event and are looking forward to seeing you tonight at The Foundry. If you haven't already RSVP'd we recommend you consider joining us online by registering at We will do our best to accommodate all who attend in person at the Foundry, 101 Rogers Street. You are encouraged to take public transportation or to carpool as parking in the area is limited. For more information about public transportation options, a map and list of parking garages in the area, see the Foundry website here


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 2022 Preservation Awards program.
Watch the video recording of the 2022 Preservation Awards program.

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