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Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll

December 6

noon – 5 PM

Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic District
 
Visit 8 grand homes decorated for the holidays.  Also, Antiquarian Hall will be open from 2-5 PM. 
 
Advance Reservations
          Member – $25
          Non-member – $30
 
Day of – $35
 
Brochures are tickets for the event and are available at Preservation Worcester starting at noon on the day of the event.
 
To purchase in advance, call 508-754-8760 or visit www.preservationworcester.org.
 
Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester. 

The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.
 

Preservation Worcester announces 2015 Most Endangered Structures list

For the past twenty years, Preservation Worcester has published an annual list of Most Endangered Structures.

The List alerts the public to threats to some of our city’s most historic treasures and garners city-wide attention to the condition of the structures and their importance to the city landscape.

The criteria for the designation include:

Pre-1965 structures located in Worcester that are significant for their historic, architectural and/or cultural contributions to the landscape of the city.

Structures that are threatened by neglect, demolition, alteration, deterioration, and/or type of use.
Any structure, including residential, commercial, industrial or institutional buildings, bridges, monuments, parks, burial grounds – even entire neighborhoods, city blocks or a particular type of building or building elements.

The Most Endangered Structures Committee solicits nominations from the community at large, reviews nominations and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors of Preservation Worcester for approval. The committee will monitor the properties over the course of the ensuing year.  Often, the List serves as a catalyst for restoration and preservation.

2015 Most Endangered Structures List:

Worcester Boys Club – Lincoln Square
Worcester War Memorial – Lincoln Square
Mission Chapel – 205 Summer Street
Melville Shoe Corporation Warehouse and Office – 38-44 Hammond Street
Rufus Chase House – 114 Austin Street
·       Frederick Beaumont House – 163 Chandler Street
George Cobb House – 25 Bowdoin Street
Stearns Tavern – 651 Park Avenue
Quinsigamond Firehouse – 15 Blackstone River Road
Armenian Church of the Martyrs – 18 Ormond Street

Of special concern is the Stearns Tavern.  The one-year demolition delay ordinance expired in June and the owner of the tavern is now legally permitted to demolish it.  The owner is willing to donate the historic structure to someone who would relocate the building prior to the end of this year.  Although many taverns existed along Worcester’s main thoroughfares during the days before the arrival of the railroads, Stearns Tavern is the best preserved and best documented of only two early taverns known to survive in the city today.  Worcester’s best surviving example of Federal vernacular architecture, Stearns Tavern is in excellent condition and preserves significant period details on both its exterior and interior.  A well-known Worcester landmark, it is among the city’s oldest surviving buildings.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Most Endangered Structures List, Preservation Worcester selected twenty structures that appeared on the List and were subsequently saved. These twenty commendations recognize the results of Preservation Worcester’s efforts to “Save the Best to Last.”  Imagine what a loss it would be to have these properties lost from our city.

2015 Commendations:

·       Crompton Loom Works – 132-42 Green Street and Canal District
·       Union Congregational Church – 5 Chestnut Street
·       Ezra Sawyer House – 7 Crown Street
·       Shaarai Torah – 32 Providence Street
·       Dowley Taylor Mansion – 770 Main Street
·       Rogers Kennedy Memorial – Elm Park
·       Bull Mansion/GAR Hall – 55 Pearl Street
·       Fitts Cottage – Castle Street
·       The Boulevard Diner – 155 Shrewsbury Street
·       Fire Alarm and Telegraph Building – 224 Park Avenue
·       Quinsigamond Baptist Church – Stebbins Street
·       Norcross Mausoleum, Hope Cemetery – 119 Webster Street
·       Tiffany Stained Glass Windows, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church – 695 Southbridge Street
·       Junction Shops Manufacturing District – Hermon, Jackson, and Beacon Streets
·       Clock Tower Building, Worcester State Hospital – 305 Belmont Street
·       Whittier Building – 257 Pleasant Street
·       Frank Waite House – 251 Salisbury Street
·       Worcester Boys Trade School – Lincoln Square
·       Worcester Five Cents Savings Bank Street Clock – 50 Front Street
·       First Lutheran Church – 43 Belmont Street

Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.  The Society, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

From Preservation Worcester …

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MASS. HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE
COMES TO WORCESTER AUGUST 14

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference, the preeminent statewide conference for historic preservation professionals, will present over 60 top industry experts on Friday, August 14.

Presented by Preservation Massachusetts with local host Preservation Worcester, and with the support of the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition, this event allows attendees to share ideas, network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen our collective preservation efforts across the state.

An expected crowd of 400 attendees will begin the day at Mechanics Hall, host for the opening plenary activities for the conference. Keynote speaker Theodore (Ted) Landsmark, Boston Redevelopment Authority Board member, will set the tone of the day with his opening address on the theme of “resiliency.”

More than 60 speakers and panelists will carry that theme throughout their interactive discussions on topics that include: How to Finance Your Project, When to Hire a Professional for Added Value, Preservation Techniques and Technologies, Protecting Heritage Landscapes, Gateway Cities Program, and Preparing for Climate Change.

Presentations and panel discussions will take place at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester campus at 10 Lincoln Square.

In addition, attendees can join one or more of six guided tours of historic preservation sites, including Lincoln Square, Crown Hill local historic district, Canal District, Hope Cemetery, Washington Square and Union Station, and Hanover Theater.

Attendees get the chance to see up close the results of local preservation projects, talk with some of the architects and planners involved, and ask questions relating to their own preservation projects.

The conference will come to a close with an entertaining networking reception at Mechanics Hall at the end of the day.

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is made possible by the contributions of the Keen Charitable Fund, conference venue hosts Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as well as Mechanics Hall, the City of Worcester, and our many generous sponsors.

It is with great pride and appreciation that we look forward to hosting a comprehensive and meaningful historic preservation conference on the 14th of August.

Registration is now open for attendees. General admission: $50 ($65 after July 31). Students: $35 (with valid ID).

Visit the conference website to register, learn more about the schedule and sessions offered, speaker biographies, and our sponsors and donors. www.mapreservationconference.org

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is presented by Preservation Massachusetts with local host Preservation Worcester, with the support of the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition.
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Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.  The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

We love our underground balls!

Preservation Worcester is proud to host The Underground Ball which will be held on June 6 at the in the Ernest A. Johnson Memorial Tunnel at Lincoln Square, Worcester, from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

Preservation Worcester has special permission from the City of Worcester to use the tunnel for this our unique once-in a lifetime event.

The event will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Lincoln Square through art, music and culture.

The goal of the event is to appreciate the magnificent architecture of the city, to celebrate the recent community successes in the area of Lincoln Square, and to draw attention to buildings that still need redevelopment such as the Worcester War Memorial Auditorium and the former Boys Club.

Street Artist Michael Townsend and the Tape Art Crew will festoon the entire 400 foot length of the tunnel with a tape mural celebrating the architecture, history, and culture of the city.

Michael and Crew will be in the tunnel working on their installation commencing June 2.

They have been making collaborative adhesive drawings on buildings all over the world for over 25 years.  Inventors of Tape Art, they continue to work tirelessly to propel this utilitarian tool into a global art phenomenon.  Internationally renowned, the Tape Art Crew has created murals in Japan, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, and China, as well as at prominent institutions across the United States including the Worcester Art Museum.

In addition to the mural, the event will include live music, creative lighting, a cash bar, revelry and a few surprises all in an environment unique to Worcester.

Michael Townsend and Crew will be on hand at the event demonstrating the tape art process.

We will have two concurring live entertainment offerings – the duo of Brooks Millgate and Brian Kearsley, and the music of Cara Brindisi. 

Creative cuisine will be offered through Pepper’s Fine Catering.  There will be a cash bar.

Festive attire is recommended.

 The entrance to the event will be on Main Street.

Ticket prices are $50 general admission and $25 student admission through June 6th and $75 day of the event.

Reservations can be made by calling Preservation Worcester at 508-754-8760, sending a check to Preservation Worcester 10 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or visiting our website www.preservationworcester.org.

A special VIP reception with an additional cost will be held prior to the event at the First Unitarian Church.  It will feature a meet and greet with Michael Townsend as well as complementary food and beverages and live entertainment.  A VIP sponsorship for the event is $125 per person.

Funds raised through The Underground Ball will support the advocacy and education programs of Preservation Worcester.  Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.  The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll!

Start the holiday season off “on the right foot” by partaking in Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll!

The 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 having the rare opportunity to view exceptional design and architecture, we know that our Stroll will provide a wonderful kick-off to a busy holiday season!

The Holiday Stroll will be held on Sunday, December 7, from noon to 5 PM in the Hammond Heights National Register District Neighborhood.

Hammond Heights is a handsome, well-preserved, suburban neighborhood established about 1890 covering three blocks of a hillside site between Highland Street and Institute Road. Prior to 1890, the area was part of the John Hammond Farm.  The area’s architecture offers a range of styles and house types which were popular in the middle and upper-middle-class suburbanization of Worcester’s west side at the turn of the century.  Most of the homes are architect designed.

Tour goers will be able to walk from home to home.  Roving carolers will add to the festivities.  A small gift shop will be set up in one of the homes.  We will be auctioning wreathes decorated by local celebrities.

The Stroll, together with a fundraiser Holiday Reception scheduled to follow the event in another historic home, will benefit the work of Presentation Worcester.

For advance reservations, checks made payable to Preservation Worcester can be mailed to Preservation Worcester at 10 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or reservations can be made via phone charged to Visa, MasterCard or American Express by calling PW at 508-754-8760 or though our website at www.preservationworcester.org.

Tickets for the day of the event will be available at Preservation Worcester at 10 Cedar Street for the Stroll only as the Party requires advance reservations.

In summary, Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll will be held on December 7, 2014 from noon to 5PM, with optional Holiday Reception (at an additional expense) at an additional home from 5-7 PM.

Advance reservations for the Holiday Stroll – $28

Advance reservations for the Holiday Stroll – PW Members – $25

Day of the event Holiday Stroll tickets – $30

Holiday Reception – $40 – reservations required

Reserve early and at the latest by December 3 at 5PM for tour discount and/or party.

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Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.  The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources.  Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

HOORAY!!!! Around the Worcester Common launch!!!!

Preservation Worcester is excited to announce the launch of our Around the Common self-guided walking tour.

The Launch will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 11 AM behind City Hall at the World War II Memorial east of the oval.

Joining us will be City Manager Ed Augustus, Head Librarian of the Worcester Public Library Christopher Korenowsky, and our sponsor, Worcester Arts Council.

The press and public are cordially invited to the launch of our latest self-guided audio tour. Preservation Worcester and the Worcester Public Library developed a walking tour of City Hall, Worcester Common, and the area surrounding the Common, which highlights the history and architecture of the Common and the heart of downtown.

Our innovative self-guided walking tour is accessible in an audio version on smart phones, and is available in a printable version through our website. Historical markers with QR tags are placed throughout the Common providing immediate smart phone access to the tour.

Buildings and monuments on and around the Worcester Common tell the story of the city’s history from its establishment as a town in 1722 to the present. The tour will share the story of Worcester and its people, its’ past and present, and how over time government, religion, commerce and community have shaped the heart of the city.

Around the Common

April 16

11 AM

Worcester Common

Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester. The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources. Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll!

Start the holiday season off on the right foot by partaking in Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll!

The 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 having the rare opportunity to view exceptional design and architecture, we know that our Stroll will provide a wonderful kick-off to a busy holiday season.

The Holiday Stroll will be held on December 8 from noon to 5 PM in the Lincoln Estate – Elm Park National Register Neighborhood. The residential neighborhood contains a number of architect-designed homes including many of Worcester’s best examples of Victorian and early twentieth century styles. Having enjoyed nearly continuous popularity as an upper-class neighborhood from the late 1840s until the 1930s, the area has many houses associated with Worcester’s most prominent businessmen, lawyers and industrialists. Tour goers will be able to walk from home to home. Roving carolers and docent-guided tours in a horse drawn wagon will add the festivities. A small gift shop will be set up in one of the homes. We will be auctioning wreathes decorated by local celebrities including Congressman Jim McGovern, Jim Welu (Director Emeritus Worcester Art Museum), the Worcester Garden Club and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The Stroll, together with a fundraiser Cocktail Party scheduled to follow the event in another historic home, will benefit the work of Presentation Worcester.

For advance reservations, checks made payable to Preservation Worcester can be mailed to Preservation Worcester at 10 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or reservations can be made via phone charged to Visa, MasterCard or American Express by calling PW at 508-754-8760 or though our website at www.preservationworcester.org. Tickets for the day of the event will be available at Preservation Worcester at 10 Cedar Street for the Stroll only as the Party requires advance reservations.

In summary, Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll will be held on December 8, 2013 from noon to 5PM, with optional Holiday Cocktail Party (at an additional expense) at an additional home from 5-7 PM.

Advance reservations for the Holiday Stroll – $28

Advance reservations for the Holiday Stroll – PW Members – $25

Day of the event Holiday Stroll tickets – $30

Holiday Cocktail Party – $40 – reservations required

Reserve early and at the latest by December 6 at 5PM for tour discount and/or party.

Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the buildings and sites that represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester. The organization, comprised of concerned citizens, believes that promoting the cause of preservation and good urban design will encourage community pride in our cultural and architectural heritage as well as continued use of Worcester’s valuable resources. Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools and state and local historical commissions to support revitalization of unique and irreplaceable buildings and their neighborhoods.

Cool off with the Worcester Historical Museum!

The Salisbury Connection
Wed., July 17 and Sat., July 20 at 2:00 PM
Worcester Art Museum and Salisbury Mansion
Free (starts in the Lancaster Lobby at WAM)

Join Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Art Museum on a tour that explores the taste and evolving style of the Salisbury Family through works in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum and the period rooms of Salisbury Mansion. The tour starts in the Lancaster Lobby of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Tour of Crown Hill Neighborhood
Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 PM
All Saints Church (10 Irving Street)
Free

Hear stories about Crown Hill’s colorful past on a free docent-led walking tour of Worcester’s oldest residential neighborhood and its newest historic district. For more information call 508.755.7906 or 508.755.1569 or e-mail conbloom@aol.com.

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Kids Crafternoons
Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 AM
Children: $3.00; Adults and Members: Free

Mr. Salisbury sold many items in his store, including beautiful brooches. Both men and women wore brooches to secure cloaks or to decorate their attire. Come in and make a brooch of your own with found materials like fabric, yarn, decorative paper, and more.

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