Join us for the fourth in the Lost Garden Lecture Series on Sunday, October 18th

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We have new items in our Gift Shop!

Click here to check out our latest arrival: Worcester Post Cards!

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.



"Save the Best to Last"

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Join Us in Supporting the Saving of Stearns Tavern from the Wrecking Ball!


In partnership with the City of Worcester, Seven Hills Foundation, Nitsche Engineering, Lamoureux Pagano Architects, CD McGuire and others, we plan to move the historic Stearns Tavern to Coes Pond. Preservation Worcester committed to paying expenses (heat, water, electricity, snow removal, lawn care, fire monitoring ….) for the building for the next 7 months. Being a small grassroots organization, this commitment is a real stretch for us. We figure our expenses will be $25 per day. PLEASE HELP US SUPPORT THE PROJECT AND PAY FOR A DAY, A COUPLE OF DAYS A WEEK OR WHATEVER WORKS WITHIN YOUR BUDGET.

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'Tis the Season . . . For the Holiday Stroll on Sunday, December 6th, 12-5pm

Scenes from 2013 Holiday Stroll courtesy of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Start your Holiday Season off on the right step by attending Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll. This year’s Stroll is of the Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic District, a special area conceived by Stephen Salisbury III as a grand-scale neighborhood on a portion of his family farmland with homes that reflect the prosperous climate of the day. The Stroll homes are architect designed, and some of the most magnificent houses in the city.

Our 2015 Stroll is extra special in many ways. It will celebrate a recently published book - Living at the City's Green Edge: Bancroft Heights a Planned Neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts written by Preservation Worcester Education Director Susan Ceccacci. In the Stroll homes, we will have costumed actors representing former residents and staff. The American Antiquarian Society will open the handsome Antiquarian Hall for tours and a small exhibit. Carolers will fill the air with songs of the season.

The Holiday Stroll is a 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.

We regret that our holiday reception following the Stroll is sold out.

You can purchase your advance reservations using PayPal below. 

The Stroll brochure (your ticket) can be picked up at Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street beginning at 12 noon on the day of the Stroll.  Please note all ticket sales are final.

Advance Stroll Tickets Only
$25 each for members
$30 each for non-members

Holiday Stroll Tickets


Preservation Worcester celebrates the 20th anniversary of our annual Most Endangered Structures List. The list has proven to be a highly successful tool for identifying and selecting local architectural gems that are threatened by demolition, neglect or inappropriate use. To highlight the effectiveness of the program, this year in addition to selecting 10 endangered structures, we also identified 20 successes. Go to our Most Endangered Structures tab to see our complete list of threatened properties as well as our commendations list. Also, please nominate threatened properties for our 2016 Most Endangered Structures List.

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Clock Tower Monument

This photograph was taken on October 9, 2015 and is the most recent photo we have that shows the progress in stonework being done on the Clock Tower.  We are excited as the work nears completion and will keep you posted as to when it is done.



About Us

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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