2021 Preservation Awards

People, Places and Possibility

As the statewide historic preservation non-profit organization, Preservation Massachusetts is proud to present the 2021 Preservation Awards Program, People, Places & Possibility, a virtual celebration of excellence and achievement in historic preservation in the Commonwealth. Since 1988, this annual awards program has honored the achievements of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preservation across Massachusetts.


This year, we will celebrate 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 Award Winners will be honored during a month-long celebration during National Preservation Month in May, culminating in a LIVE virtual event on Thursday, May 20. 

Preservation LIVE: May 20, 2021

Click to view the digital program

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Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

The awards is not only a celebration of preservation, it is a critical fundraiser for our organization.  Take advantage of tremendous marketing and business opportunities that come from being a sponsor! 100% of all sponsorships are tax deductible for 2021!

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2021 Preservation Award Recipients

Click here to learn more and be inspired by this year's incredible award winners!

2021 Preservation Awards Sponsors

Many thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors for supporting the work, programs and mission of Preservation Massachusetts.

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About the Preservation Awards

Each May, Preservation Massachusetts recognizes and celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic resources through our Preservation Awards Program. 

Since 1988 Preservation Massachusetts’ highest honor, the Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, has recognized the very best in historic preservation efforts, individuals and achievements across the Commonwealth. Our other awards include the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award, Charles W. Eliot Award, Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award and the Frederick Law Olmsted Award, each honoring a specific preservation related theme, goal or project. 

Award Archive

View past awardees & themes

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Preservation LIVE

Preservation Massachusetts honored our 2021 Award winners with a virtual celebration on May 20. Watch the recording here, featuring special guest presenters and the live announcement of the People's Preservation Choice Award winner!