Preservation Worcester in the News


Stearns Tavern fund drive reaches $1 million

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Worcester’s Lothrop’s Opera House (Olympia Theater) is featured on Chronicle October 16, 2018

Preservation Worcester's Executive Director Deborah Packard is interviewed by Chronicle; Packard reinforces PW's hope that the theater gets a chance at revitalization.   Click here to view the interview.

Lothrop’s Opera House (Olympia Theater)

17-27 Pleasant Street

Opened in 1891 as Lothrop’s Opera House, the imposing brick edifice located at 17-27 Pleasant St. in the heart of Worcester’s downtown, is the oldest remaining theater in the city. The theater, designed by architects Cutting and Forbush, once hosted some of the city’s most prominent acts. The venue was renamed the Olympia Theater, Lynch’s Pleasant Theater, later the Fine Arts Theater, and finally the New Art Cinema, playing host to countless performances and screenings spanning three centuries of our City’s history.  The four-story structure currently houses retail on its ground floor, with the once bustling theater concealed behind boarded windows on the upper floors. Little has changed about the building’s exterior since the 19th century, apart from superficial modifications at the first floor. A pair of recessed wall panels dominates the center of the Pleasant St. face of the building, topped by matching, elegant semi-elliptical lights. The lack of ornamentation on the building’s red/brown masonry façade does little to communicate the fading charm of the theater’s interior. While suffering from neglect, much of the building’s original plaster work remains visible, including the geometric design of the 125-year-old ceiling. The building is included in a district of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shuttered in January, 2006, the theater remains vacant, while retail activity has continued in its’ modified storefronts. Targeted within the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan as a potential “Building to be Demolished,” Worcester’s oldest remaining theater is in imminent danger. This is Lothrop’s Opera House/ Olympia Theater’s third appearance on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List.

Milton P. Higgins’ Worcester mansion is sold to developer

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Demolition begins at Notre Dame Church in Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Monday, September 17, 2018

Politics and the City: Worcester’s Lincoln Square hits daily double, goes for trifecta

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Worcester Community-Labor Coalition wants piece of the Boys Club redevelopment pie

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nine Worcester structures make 2018′s Most Endangered list

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Worcester to sell former Lincoln Square Boys Club

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Friday, September 7, 2018

For Whom the Bells Toll

maisonneuve, A Quarterly of Art, Opinion & Ideas

Friday, August 3, 2018

$500K sought for upgrades at Stearns Tavern

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Sunday, July 17, 2018

Survey: Worcester voters want ballot question on Community Preservation Act

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Opinion: Should CPA be on the ballot?

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Whittall Mills star at Preservation Worcester benefit party Saturday

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

‘This Place Matters’ spotlights Worcester buildings worth saving

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

City Hall Notebook: New Allies for Community Preservation

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

City Hall Notebook: Former Worcester fire alarm building wins preservation award

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Notre Dame church demolition set to begin

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sale of sacred windows raising questions about Worcester Diocese’s stewardship

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Monday, April 16, 2018

As I See It: Preserving Notre Dame and city’s other landmarks

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Hanover rejected offer to reuse Notre Dame for brewery space

Worcester Magazine

Wednesday, March 28, 2018/

As I See It: Worcester deserves Notre Dame: An urgent plea against demolition

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, March 18, 2018

Process underway to demolish Worcester’s historic Notre Dame Church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sunday Sitdown: Donald W. Chamberlayne, Worcester historian

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list

Worcester Sun (MA)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Editorial: Revitalizing Worcester’s three-decker neighborhoods

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, January 14, 2018

Worcester comeback seems for real

Commonwealth Magazine Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Historic Worcester houses open doors to public Sunday during Holiday Stroll

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Thursday, November 30, 2017

Worcester courthouse developer races clock for tax credits

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Monday, November 27, 2017

For the love of Denholms

Worcester Living (MA) Friday, November 24, 2017

‘Favorite Places’ exhibit set for Denholms

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, November 19, 2017

Editorial: A lifeline for Notre Dame

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Notre Dame sale falls through, but demolition still slated

Worcester Business Journal (MA) Monday, November 6, 2017

Deal for Notre Dame church collapses

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Saturday, November 4, 2017

Free house in Worcester; you just have to take it with you

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Saturday, November 4, 2017

Churches, three-deckers on Worcester’s Most Endangered List

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Tuesday, Ocotber 31, 2017

Worcester County Courthouse rehab gets green light

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Thursday, October 5, 2017

WWI memorial in Worcester’s Lincoln Square waits for new neighbors and some TLC

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, October 1, 2017

Manhattan Short Film Festival to debut in Worcester with 10 showings

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Thursday, September 21, 2017

Manhattan Short Film Festival comes to Central Mass

Yankee Xpress (MA) Thursday, September 14, 2017

Politics and the City: Keeping city’s past out of picture frame

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, August 27, 2017

EDITORIAL: Lessons of Worcester’s preservation challenge

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Sunday, August 27, 2017

Historical Commission OKs addition to Stearns Tavern

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Thursday, August 24, 2017

Worcester board OKs apartments at Notre Dame site

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Push to preserve Notre Dame Church in Worcester stirs mixed emotions

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Preservationists decry plans for Notre Dame church site

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Making It in Central Mass: Mills reshaped as homes, workspaces

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Al Southwick: Worcester’s Quaker era

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Worcester Nativity students spotlight structures that ‘matter’

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, June 1, 2017

WPI students showcase ideas for reusing Notre Dame church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, May 3, 2017

Then & Now: 230 Park Ave., Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, May 1, 2017

One legacy of Jane Jacobs: community walks around the globe

Boston Globe (MA)
Monday, May 1, 2017

Runners, beer lovers join forces in Worcester for Craft Brew Race

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Worcester celebrates life of Jane Jacobs, urban theorist

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Friday, April 28, 2017

Is Nothing Sacred?

strongtowns.org (MN)
April 12, 2017

As I See It: Notre Dame: Can landmark be saved?

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Worcester City Council seeks demo delay for Notre Dame

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Editorial: New hope for Notre Dame church?

Worcester Sun (MA)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Owner of empty Downtown Worcester church agrees to sell

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Friday, March 24, 2017

Letter: A plea to preserve Notre Dame Church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Worcester farmhouse may get national historic status

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Window into history

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Letter: Deadline approaches on fate of Notre Dame Church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, March 13, 2017

Shiverin’ shamrocks at St. Patrick’s Parade

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, March 12, 2017

New owner to restore historic Worcester firehouse

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Clive McFarlane: Worcester strength lies right before your eyes

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Friday, March 3, 2017

Demolition awaits old St. John’s High in Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eight huge stone gargoyles return to Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Saturday, February 25, 2017

City Hall Notebook: Old building, new life

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, January 23, 2017

Historical Commission kills historic district study for Mount Carmel

Worcester Magazine City Desk (MA)
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Re-imagining Notre Dame makes downtown dollars and sense

Worcester Sun (MA)
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Preservation Worcester petition aims to save Notre Dame Church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Editorial: In praise of a community that came to the rescue

Worcester Sun
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

From the rooftop, reeling in Christmas spirit

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Worcester eyes historic district to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Competitive preservation process has Worcester projects in a bind

Worcester Magazine (MA)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

City Hall Notebook: MCPHS parking plan praised

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A happy hour for Stearns Tavern

Worcester Magazine (MA)
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mass preservation group seeks to save Notre Dame, Mount Carmel

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

204-year-old Stearns Tavern begins a new chapter

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As I see it: Notre Dame — Saving an iconic landmark

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, October 16, 2016

204-year-old Stearns Tavern in Worcester ready to move on

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MCPHS University carving out parking downtown

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bancroft Tower opening offers best view in Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, October 3, 2016

Worcester Auditorium opens doors; city seeking developers

Worcester Business Journal (MA)
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Worcester ‘Aud’ reopening, but just for tours

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Worcester’s ‘Most Endangered’ buildings go from sacred to profane

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Preservation Worcester’s 10 most endangered structures for 2016

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, June 26, 2016

A new foundation for Worcester’s historic Stearns Tavern

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Demolition delay waiver denied for Mount Carmel church

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 4 Ichabod Ball celebrates Worcester industrialist

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, June 2, 2016

In this Place Matters campaign – students have preservation on their minds

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ceccacci, Packard receive Tsongas awards

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, May 22, 2016

EDITORIAL: No easy call when it comes to Notre Dame

Worcester Magazine (MA)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Demolition inside Stearns Tavern clearing way for relocation

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, April 18, 2016

Work begins on historic Stearns Tavern in Worcester before move

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Monday, April 18, 2016

CitySquare developers say waiting to tear down Notre Dame Church is ‘untenable’

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, April 17, 2016

CitySquare developers seek to raze Notre Dame Church in Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Friday, April 1, 2016

Then & Now: Do you know where this is? 15 Blackstone River Road, the former Quinsigamond Village Firehouse

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 and Monday, March 14, 2016