Historic Markers for Worcester Properties

Worcester has a rich collection of historic structures and neighborhoods. Preservation Worcester invites you to celebrate that heritage through our Historic Marker Program. Show pride in and share the history of your home or building by purchasing a custom-made aluminum historic building marker. This program is sponsored by Preservation Worcester to raise public awareness of Worcester's unique built environment and to encourage its preservation.

Does Your Building or House Qualify?

Historic Markers are awarded to structures at least fifty years of age, that retain their original character, are in good state of preservation, and contribute to the architectural, cultural or historical nature of their neighborhood.

Application Process

  • Request application (see form links below)
  • Complete and submit application for review
  • Receive notification of qualification
  • Remit Marker Fee

Preservation Worcester reserves the right to reject any application. Eligibility will be based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Historic Marker Fee

Members – $185

Non-members – $225 (includes a Preservation Worcester membership)

Preservation Worcester will replace markers awarded by the Worcester Heritage Society at the cost of $150.

First Historic Marker Presented to the Collamore Family

The Collamore family was our first recipient of an historic marker. John, a Worcester Police Officer, and Jean, Art Director for Worcester Living, purchased their arts and crafts style home in 1999. Since then, they have painted, landscaped and installed a period fence.

Here are Jean’s thoughts on the program and why the Collamores were so excited to participate in it. “When we found out that Preservation Worcester was bringing back the Marker Program, we knew we wanted to take part in it. John and I are both from Worcester and we love the architecture in this city, especially in our neighborhood. We were immediately drawn to the character of our house when we first saw it, and we knew it was the perfect home. We have always been interested in the history of the house, and its original owner, Charles F. Darling. The marker program was a great way to take part in something that is important to us and to celebrate its history.” Preservation Worcester is delighted the Collamores participated in our program and is pleased to welcome them as new members of our organization.

the Collamore Family
Peter Viles, Historic Marker Committee Member, Deborah Packard, John, Jean, Hayley and Julia Collamore (front)

This project was funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Commerce Bank and Deerfield Press.