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Historical Commission

The Historical Commission preserves, promotes and develops the historic assets of the city. The Commission reviews alterations proposed to properties that are located in local historic districts and administers the city’s Building Demolition Delay Ordinance.

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Elm Park LHD Study

The Worcester Historical Commission, under MGL Chapter 40C, has voted to study the possible creation of a Local Historic District (LHD) in the Elm Park Neighborhood. This area includes the Worcester campus of Becker College and neighboring residential and commercial areas located next to and east of Elm Park. This neighborhood includes many varied examples of mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century residential architecture. The study is a formal process to gather information on the properties within the area under consideration, engage in dialog with neighborhood residents, property owners and the public at large and plan a recommendation on the formation of a new district.

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Nominations for the 2021 Worcester Preservation Awards will be accepted from January 4, 2021 until December 1, 2021.

The Worcester Historical Commission, in partnership with Preservation Worcester, has established an annual awards program to recognize outstanding restoration, renovation and development projects that foster historic preservation in the City. Awards will be considered in a variety of categories:

  • Residential Rehabilitation - Recognizes excellence in the sensitive preservation or rehabilitation of a privately owned, single-family residence that is owner occupied.
  • Commercial Rehabilitation - Recognizes excellence in the preservation or rehabilitation of a commercial building while retaining its historic integrity and character. This category includes adaptive reuse.
  • Stewardship - Recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated consistent and considerate maintenance of a property, and has shown commitment to its preservation.
  • Compatible Construction – Recognizes new construction that is visually compatible in mass, scale and style with historic buildings in the immediate vicinity, and contributes to the preservation of a neighborhood.
  • Merit Award - Recognizes preservation work involving other types of structures, such as bridges, monuments, fences, etc., as well as scholarly and educational contributions to the field of historic preservation.

2021 Nomination Packet Past Winners


Meet twice monthly on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Please review the Meeting Schedule for meeting dates and application deadlines.

Date/Time of Next Meeting: Thursday October 28th, 2021

HC-2021-056 - 1073 PLEASANT STREET (BDDW)

HC-2021-057 - 7 OXFORD STREET (COA)

HC-2021-058 - 7 CROWN STREET (COA)


Please view the Historical Commission's Local Historic Districts Rules & Regulations

For information on all city permits, licenses and fees, visit Permit Center

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