Preservation Awards

Each May, Preservation Massachusetts holds an awards dinner to recognize and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic resources.

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. 

2020 Preservation Awards

Building Blocks of Preservation

The 2020 Preservation Awards Program, Building Blocks of Preservation, was a two-week multimedia celebration of the many people, organizations, projects, technologies and communities that come together to achieve excellence in historic preservation.  The 2020 Awards Recipients represent the strong foundations and supportive collaborations that bring new life to our historic buildings and landscapes, push boundaries, and create new aspirations for historic preservation in the Commonwealth. This year we celebrated the 2020’s awardees in new and innovative ways that champion their accomplishments and inspirations more broadly and that encourage increased engagement within the broader preservation community.

Below you can learn more about this year's special and unique approach to our awards, our fabulous awardees and how donations and sponsorships support preservation work across Massachusetts. Hover over the images below for more information and links. 

The Celebration
October 12 -22

Our 2020 Awards culminated in Preservation LIVE on October 22. Click to view the event. 

Award Archive

View past awardees & themes

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