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Preservation Awards Archive

Since 1988, Preservation Massachusetts has recognized outstanding achievement in preservation effort through our awards program.  Our first and highest award, the Paul E. Tsongas award was given to the late Senator at the first annual awards dinner in April, 1988. During the past three decades, we have recognized projects, people, and organizations and introduced a number of different awards to spotlight specific areas of preservation excellence.  

Below you will find a listing of our most recent awardees, links to award videos as well. For more information on an award recipient or theme, please contact our office.  

Past Honorees 
Click on links to view the award videos on YouTube.

In honor of its namesakes, the Paul  & Niki Tsongas Award recognizes those who have played an extraordinary role in promoting the preservation of our Commonwealth’s past for the benefit of the future.

2021 -Video Playlist

  • Arlington Point (Van Brodie Mill), Lawrence

  • Carter School Apartments (James G. Carter Middle School/Leominster High School), Leominster

  • George Walter Smith Art Museum, Springfield

  • Seamen's Bethel & Mariner's Home: New Bedford Port Society Complex, New Bedford

  • Jenkins Block Building, Whitman

  • Mayflower II, Plymouth

  • Fitchburg City Hall, Fitchburg

  • Cobbet Hill Apartments (English High School), Lynn

  • Nathaniel T. Allen House, Newton

  • Reed Toy Factory, Leominster

  • Paul Pezzella, Legislative Agent, Boston

2020 - 

2019  -  "Preservation Is..."

2018 – The Next Generation

2017 – The Power of Preservation

2016 – Women in Preservation

2015 – Producing Preservation, Act III: “And The Award Goes To…”

2014 – Producing Preservation, Act II: “Lights, Camera, Action!”

2013 – Producing Preservation, Act I: Behind the Scenes

2012 – The Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program: Empowering Communities Through Preservation

2011 – Our Preservation Education Honorees

2010 – Profiles in Preservation Honorees

2009 – Governor Deval Patrick

2008 – The Colonial Theatre, Whaler’s Place, Baker Square II & The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

2007 – Bank of America

Created in 2015 The Mayor Thomas M. Menino Award is given to preservation projects that are transformative, catalytic, embrace the community, create partnerships, and revitalize the best of the past to make something good for the future.

2021- Video Playlist

  • Hood Milk Bottle at the Boston Children's Museum, Boston

  • Stearns Tavern, Worcester

  • Richard & Mary Donahue Family Academic Arts Center at Middlesex Community College, Lowell

  • St. Gabriel's Complex, Brighton

  • Moseley School, Westfield

2020 -

2019  -  "Preservation Is..."

2018 – Riverwalk, Lawrence

2017 – Uphams Crossing, Dorchester & a special recognition for James W. Igoe

2016 – The Lofts at 30 Pine, Gardner

2015 – The Bruce C. Bolling Building in Dudley Square, Roxbury

Created in 2009, Robert H. Kuehn Jr. Award is reflective of the innovative and unique legacy of Robert H. Kuehn, Jr., recognizing extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

2021-Video Playlist

  • Shrewsbury Public Library, Shrewsbury

  • Old City Hall Dome and Mansard Level Restoration, Boston

  • Oliver Wendall Holmes Library at Philip's Academy, Andover

2020 - 

2019  -  "Preservation Is..."

2009 – MassInnovation for Anwelt Apartments, Fitchburg

2009 – Overlook Associates LLC & Nobis Engineering, Inc. for the Nobis Engineering Building, Lowell


The Charles W. Eliot Award recognizes organizations with exceptional vision and excellence in planning.

2021 - No Award


2019  -  "Preservation Is..."

2009 – Harvard University’s Office of Sustainability

2009 – The Trustees of Reservations

2008 – (No award given)

2007 – Save Fenway Park

The Frederick Law Olmsted Award

2021 - No Award


2019  -  "Preservation Is..."


The People's Preservation Choice Award is where YOUR tell us what your favorite project is! Introduced in 2019, this award is decided by public votes and is announced live at our annual Preservation Awards Event.

2021 - Mayflower II, Plymouth

2020 - The Martha's Vineyard Museum, Vineyard Haven

2019- Miller Block, Auburndale

         The Revolution Hotel, Bosotn

         Maple Commons, Springfield

         25 Broadway, Siasconset, Nantucket


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