Preservation Awards

Nomination form and information on the 2019 Preservation Awards (PDF)

Photo of The Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham LibraryThe Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library has served this dual purpose since 1893 and is a prominent landmark in the town of Essex. The building was carefully rehabilitated in 2016.

The 2018 Preservation Award Winners

Secretary Galvin was pleased to recognize the following projects and individuals with 2018 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Awards on May 16, 2018.

Slide show of the 2018 winners



Boston The Boston Chinatown Atlas
Education & Outreach
Boston Paul Revere House Education & Visitor Center
Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation & Restoration
Essex Essex Town Hall & T.O.H.P Burnham Library
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Fitchburg Fitchburg Yarn Works
Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation & Restoration
Milton Eustis Estate And Museum
Education & Outreach Rehabilitation & Restoration
North Adams MASS MoCA Building 6: The Robert W. Wilson Building
Adaptive Reuse
Plymouth Joseph Simes House
Rehabilitation & Restoration
Reading Virginia Adams
Local Preservationist
Worcester Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building
Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation & Restoration
Lifetime Achievement: Minxie And James Fannin

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.