Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll

Sunday, December 7th

Noon to 5 PM

Start the holiday season off on the right step by partaking in Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll in the Hammond Heights National Register District.  Hammond Heights is a handsome, well-preserved suburban neighborhood developed about 1890 and covering three blocks of a hillside site between Highland Street and Institute Road.  The area boasts a wide variety of elegant styles with most of the homes being architect designed.

The Holiday Stroll is seasonal favorite for those who enjoy fine architecture, who relish the opportunity to enter some of Worcester’s architectural gems and who are enthusiastic to experience grand homes decorated for the season.  Whether you are looking for ideas for your own home or are interested in getting the rare opportunity to view exceptional design and architecture, we know that our Stroll will provide a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.

You can purchase reservations to this year's Holiday Stroll using PayPal or call the office at 508-754-8760 to charge your reservation.

Purchase Stroll Reservations:

Holiday Stroll Tickets

Please note that we do not issue tickets in advance.  All "tickets" (Stroll Brochures) must be picked up at Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street prior to beginning the Stroll on December 7th.

In addition, after the Stroll there is a cocktail party at another historic home. All reservations for the Cocktail Party must be purchased by December 3rd at the latest.


   Purchase Cocktail Party Reservations:

Become a Sponsor!

Carriage House Patron, $200 (personal or business name listed in Stroll brochure and two tickets to Stroll and Party)

Front Porch Friend, $100 (personal or business name listed in Stroll brochure and one ticket to Stroll and Party)

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Upcoming Public Tours and Presentations

We are offering numerous tours and talks this Fall.

Click here for more information about our upcoming tours, talks and events.

Learn About Our Self-guided Walking Tours

Click here to access information about our Around the Common Tour as well as our award-winning self-guided tour of Worcester's Canal District.



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Photos taken by Ed Collier, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 2006

With the pending sale of the Liberty Church (former Chestnut Street Church) at 5 Chestnut Street, Preservation Worcester requested to see the gargoyles that were supposed to be stored in the church basement. In a 2006 agreement between the Church and the City of Worcester, the Worcester Historical Commission agreed to the removal of the gargoyles with the condition that the gargoyles would be stored in the church basement until such a time when the towers would be rebuilt and the gargoyles returned to the Church. Much to our surprise and dismay, the gargoyles were not in the basement and our search began.

The fate of the missing gargoyles caught international media attention: T&G, Boston Globe, NBC News 7, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcast System, Washington Post, Fox News, New Zealand Herald, San Francisco Gate, Mainichi Daily News Japan, the Las Vegas Sun and many, many more. The media attention generated many leads, and we are actively trying to locate the eight 3,000 pound gargoyles.

The gargoyles belong to the Church and the city. It is our goal and desire to have them returned to their owner. Please help us find them!

Clock Tower Monument

These photographs were taken on October 17, 2014 and are the most recent photos provided by the Department of Capital and Asset Management that show the progress in stonework being done on the Clock Tower.  We will keep you posted on as work continues.

Fire Alarm & Telegraph Buillding

Architect's rendering of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building.

Photograph of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building taken June 25, 2014.

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The mission of Preservation Worcester is to preserve for future generations the sites and structures which are significant to the culture, history, and architecture of the city and to encourage excellence in future design.

Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’s architectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride and identity.

To further its goals, Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools, and state and local historical commissions.


Restored Clock on Foster Street The Harrington Building  Walking Tour at Higgins House, WPI