2021 Award Recipients

The 2021 preservation award recipients embody the possibilities that preservation creates for our communities, our citizens, and our future. Preservation is about more than an historic building or landscape—it preserves people’s stories, the places where they live and work, and lessons for the future. We can tell a more complete American story by including all people, places, and possibilities. This year’s award recipients represent the strong foundations and supportive collaborations that help make that a reality. 

The 2021 preservation award recipients will be announced during the spring, and honored during National Preservation Month in May. The celebration culminates on May 20 with a live virtual event.

For information on each award category, see below. To see past award recipients, visit our awards archive

The Paul & Niki Tsongas Award

The Tsongas Award is Preservation Massachusetts' highest honor, honoring people and projects that have displayed the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth.

See this year's Tsongas Award Recipients

 Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award


The Kuehn Award recognizes projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

See this year's Kuehn Award recipients

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award


The Menino Legacy Award celebrates projects that are transformative, catalytic, embrace the community, create partnerships, and revitalize the best of the past to make something good for the future. 

See this year's Menino Award recipients

People's Preservation Choice Award


The People's Preservation Choice Award is your chance to vote and pick this year's award winner from our field of nominees. 

See the People's Preservation Choice nominees here. 

Voting starts on April 20!

Frederick Law Olmsted Award


The Olmsted Award is given to those organizations and individuals for their dedication to the promotion of our cultural landscapes.

There are no Olmsted Awards for 2021

Charles Eliot Award


The Eliot Award is given to organizations with exceptional vision and excellence in planning for preservation.

There are no Eliot Awards for 2021