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Denholms for the Holiday: Saturday, December 10, 2016

7:30 - 11:30 pm
Denholm Building
484 Main Street

Featuring retro Denholms decked out for the holidays both inside and outside
Hors D’oeuvres & Dessert
Cash Bar
Valet parking
Vintage Fashion Show with James Hogan, Guest Designer

Member: $65
General Public: $75
Night of: $90
Sponsorship:$125 per person
Sponsorship includes special VIP reception from 6 - 7:30 pm

With gilded escalators, festive window displays and a wide array of fashions, Denholms once was Worcester’s largest and most modern department store. Experience the building once again lit up for the holidays as we relive the golden days of shopping in downtown Worcester and look forward to experiencing more magic in a revitalized downtown.

You can purchase reservations below using PayPal, call our office at 508-754-8760 to charge your reservation, or mail a check to Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street, 01609. Please note we do not issue tickets, but have a Will Call list.

General Admission


Stearns Tavern will be on the move soon - support our effort in saving this vital building


In partnership with the City of Worcester, Seven Hills Foundation, Nitsche Engineering, Lamoureux Pagano Architects, CD McGuire and others, we are getting ready to move the historic Stearns Tavern to Coes Knife Park. Preservation Worcester committed to paying expenses (heat, water, electricity, snow removal, lawn care, fire monitoring ….) for the building since October 2015. Being a small grassroots organization, this commitment is a real stretch for us. We figure our expenses are $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.

You can make a donation via PayPal below.



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 December 10, 2015 at the dedication of the Clock Tower.  We are excited as to see the completed renovation of the Monument.



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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 organizationdedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which representthe culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’sarchitectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride andidentity.

To further its goals, Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups,developers, city departments, schools, and state and local historical commissions.


Restored Clock on Foster StreetThe Harrington Building  Walking Tour at Higgins House, WPI