Upcoming Public Tours and Presentations

Coming this fall... two Around the Common tours and talks.

Click here for more information about upcoming presentations and events.

Learn About Our Self-guided Walking Tours

Click here to access information about our Around the Common Tour as well as our award-winning self-guided tour of Worcester's Canal District.



"Save the Best to Last"

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Coming October 5, 2014...

Our Better Than Your Average Yard Sale

We are currently seeking donations for this year's event.


Do you have items that you no longer use?  Are you moving?  Do you know someone who really needs to clean out his/her garage, basement, or attic?

We need quality items that are in good shape.  We will pick up if necessary.  All donations are tax deductible.  We are looking for items such as:

  • Architectural Elements - including columns, brackets, wainscoting, door trims, hinges, leaded doors, stained glass windows, bathroom fixtures, floor registers, fireplace mantels, tin ceiling panels, medicine cabinets, tile, bead board, iron fences, wood shutters, glass door knobs.

  • Furniture - including antiques and quality reproduction furniture, interesting and vintage furniture items, patio furniture.

  • Decorative items - including pottery, chandeliers, lamps, weathervanes, lighting fixtures, bookcases, artwork, picture frames and yard art.

  • Other items - including vintage tools and industrial supplies.

If you have items to donate, please call us at 508-754-8760 to arrange for drop off or pick up.

Click here to go to our Events page for Yard Sale hours.  If you have any questions or need additional information call us at 508-754-8760. 


Fire Alarm & Telegraph Buillding

Architect's rendering of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building.

Photograph of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building taken June 25, 2014.

Update on the Hale Building on the grounds of Worcester State Hospital

After years of persistence, we have a significant win with the securing of the Hale Building at Worcester State Hospital. On February 24, 2012, Preservation Worcester was a signatory in a Memorandum of Agreement between the Division of Capital Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) concerning Worcester State Hospital.  A part of the agreement was that within 6 months of the execution of the agreement that DCAMM and/or DMH would make best efforts to secure any openings in the structures and take affirmative steps when necessary to attempt to minimize any further deterioration of the buildings (Hale Building and Hooper Turret).  Since that time, we have persistently been requiring that the 40+ broken windows in the Hale Building be secured.  More than 2 years later, our efforts have paid off.  Currently, the state is placing plywood over all the windows in the Hale Building.  Keeping the elements out of the building is an important step toward mothballing the structure for future use.  It also will go a long way toward preventing one of preservationists’ major challenges - demolition by neglect.   

About Us

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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 organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’s architectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride and identity.

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


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