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2018 Docent Training Program

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Love history?  Love architecture? Enjoy sharing your knowledge with others?

Preservation Worcester’s 2018-2019 Docent Training Course is coming up in September.

Focusing on Worcester history and architecture, the course teaches participants how to use architectural styles to “read” the city’s streetscapes, how to research a historic building or neighborhood, and how to create an illustrated presentation or walking tour.

Classes meet once a week on ten consecutive weeks from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Preservation Worcester headquarters, 10 Cedar Street, Worcester. First semester classes will begin the week of September 10th and end the week of November12th. The day of the week for the class will be chosen based upon the availability of participants.

The second semester will be devoted to research and the creation of a class project.  The class will meet once a month January through May as participants work on their projects.

The cost of books for the course should not exceed $75.00.  There is no class fee, but participants are expected to make a two-year docent commitment to Preservation Worcester.

Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-served basis.  Class size is limited to 20.

For information or to register, call Valerie Ostrander at 508-754-8760.

Click here to download an application.  Click here for a detailed description of the program.

Worcester Preservation Awards Nomination Form – Due September 28, 2018

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Preservation Worcester, in partnership with the City of Worcester, is proud to introduce the Worcester Preservation Awards.  We invite you to send us your nomination(s).  Self nominations are encouraged.  The nomination categories are:

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.

Please keep in mind that the nomination MUST meet the following criteria:

Projects must have been completed within the last three years for Residential Rehabilitation, Commercial Rehabilitation, Compatible Construction, and Merit Award.

Properties must be located within the City of Worcester.

Additional materials may be requested in support of your nomination.  All projects will be evaluated based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  Nominations will be evaluated by a jury comprised of representatives from the Board of Directors of Preservation Worcester, the Worcester Historical Commission, and AIA Central Massachusetts.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Around the Common

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Preservation Worcester's Around the Common Walking Tour is a self-guided tour of the buildings and monuments on and around Worcester Common.  This tour tells the story of the city's history from its establishment as a town in 1722 to the present.  Learn about 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.

Pick up our Around the Common Walking Tour brochure at Preservation Worcester's headquarters at 10 Cedar Street during business hours. Or you can download a copy from below and print it from your computer.

To take a self-guided walking tour on-site, you have two options:

  • Take a "device-free" tour using the downloadable print version as your guide.
  • Use your smartphone to access an audio version of the tour.

Click here to download a printable version of the audio portion of the Tour (PDF file). Click here to download a printable version of the Tour Map (JPG file).

For smartphone access to the audio portion of the tour:  Begin by downloading from the internet a free QR Code Reader App that is compatible with your phone.  To activate the audio tour, use your phone to scan the tags displayed on tour markers along the route of the tour, on the downloadable Tour Map, or on the Around the Common:  A Downtown Walking Tour brochure.

Click here to access a jpg file of the inside of the Around the Common Tour Brochure. (The file size is 2.9 MB.) Click here to access a jpg file of the outside of the Around the Common Tour Brochure. (The file is 6.2 MB.)

To take a virtual (off-site) audio tour from a computer, please follow the directions below.

Click here to begin the tour at the first site, Worcester Common. Here you will see buttons for the Worcester Common and Cattle Shows on the Common. Click on these buttons to listen to the audio tour for this location. When you have finished listening to one or both tour segments, scroll to the map at the bottom of the page where you can select the next tour segment. The tour map can be found at the bottom of each tour page. To take the tour in the suggested order, begin at Worcester Common and follow the sites numerically. Alternatively, you may choose the sites in whatever order you please by clicking on the appropriate QR Tag.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

By the Canal

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Stay tuned as we work on updating our tour's QR tags, which are no longer supported. Preservation Worcester's By the Canal Tour is a self-guided tour of the streets and buildings of Worcester's Canal District.  This tour highlights eleven buildings that reflect the history of both the city and the neighborhood.  Nine were built before the Blackstone Canal, which first opened in 1828, was covered over in the late 1800s.  All retain much of their original architectural character.  With the By the Canal Tour you will uncover surprising bits of history and hear stories about the people, events and economy that made Worcester the city it is today. You can pick up our By the Canal: Canal District Walking Tour brochure during business hours at Preservation Worcester's office at 10 Cedar Street. Or you can download a copy from below and print it from your computer.

To take this self-guided walking tour you have several different options:

  • Take the tour using the downloadable print version as your guide.
  • Use your smartphone to access an audio version of the tour.
Click here to download a printable version of the tour (PDF file). Click here to download a printable version of the Tour Map (JPG file). Click here to access a pdf file of the inside cover of the By the Canal Tour Brochure. (Note this file is 16.2 MB in size.) Click here to access a pdf file of the outside cover of the By the Canal Tour Brochure. (Note this file is 23.7 MB in size.)

To take a virtual tour please follow the directions below.

Click here to see a tour map from which you may visit the tour sites and listen to the audio version of the tour from your computer.  You will land on the Union Station page.  Here you will see buttons for the Union Station and Extended Version tour segments.  Select one of the buttons to begin the tour.  When you have finished listening to a tour segment, scroll to the map at the bottom of the page where you can select the next tour segment. The tour map can be found at the bottom of each tour page.  To take the tour in the suggested order, begin at Union Station and follow the sites numerically.  Alternatively, you may choose the sites in whatever order you please by clicking on the appropriate QR tag.