Preservation Awards

Nomination form and information on the 2020 Preservation Awards (fillable PDF)

Photo of The Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham LibraryThe Fitch-Hoose House was built around 1846 in The Gulf, a predominantly African-American community in Dalton first settled by freed and escaped slaves after the Revolutionary War. This remarkable house was recently restored and rehabilitated, and opened to the public in 2018 as an interpretive museum honoring the families in the area and their history.

The 2019 Preservation Award Winners

Secretary Galvin was pleased to recognize the following projects and individuals with 2019 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Awards on June 6, 2019.

Slide show of the 2019 winners



Boston (Beacon Hill) State House Senate Chamber
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Boston (Downtown) The Union at 48 Boylston (Young Men's Christian Union)
Adaptive Reuse
Boston (Mattapan) Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm
Adaptive Reuse and Rehabilitation & Restoration
Boston and Cambridge Longfellow Bridge
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Dalton Fitch-Hoose House
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Harwich South Harwich Meetinghouse
Adaptive Reuse and Rehabilitation & Restoration
Plymouth Joseph Simes House
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Plymouth Plymouth Post Office
Adaptive Reuse and Rehabilitation & Restoration
Springfield Maple Commons Apartments
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Topsfield Topsfield Town Hall
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Wellesley Rosemary Brook Siphon Gatehouse Buildings
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Lifetime Achievement: James Alexander

Past MHC Preservation Awards Winners

The Preservation Awards Program

Massachusetts enjoys a cultural heritage rich in historic resources. The preservation of these resources has revitalized neighborhoods, added to the revenues of cities and towns, and preserved community character. Preservationists, working to protect our historic assets, have maintained the sense of time and place that forms the essence of our Commonwealth. To honor these outstanding citizens, the Secretary of the Commonwealth hosts the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Annual Preservation Awards Program.

Projects and individuals may be nominated in the following categories:

  • Archaeology
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Education & Outreach
  • Landscape Preservation
  • Rehabilitation & Restoration
  • Local Preservationist
  • Individual Lifetime Achievement
  • Stewardship

Local historical commissions, preservation advocates and professionals, and the general public are encouraged to nominate deserving projects.

For more information on the Annual Preservation Awards Program contact the Massachusetts Historical Commission at 617-727-8470.