Thursday, August 25, 2016

City Hall: Worcester's "Palace for the People

Take a summertime tour with Preservation Worcester!

12:30 pm
City Hall
RSVP suggested (508-754-8760)
Free and open to the public

Discover City Hall and Worcester Common. Turn your mind back to 1898 when City Hall was just completed – a time when Worcester was a wealthy and prosperous industrial city expressing its pride in an unusually beautiful new home for city government. Find out what was the inspiration for the tower that soars above Main Street. See Worcester’s smallest monument. Enjoy the fine craftsmanship of the grand marble staircase, its elaborate cast iron railing, and its silver-leafed barrel vault overhead.

The tour begins at 12:30 pm in front of City Hall and last 45 minutes. The tour group will meet at the bronze star in the pavement in front of the main entrance. In case of rain, wait under the arch at the main entrance. There is no charge for this tour. Registration is requested but not required. First come, first served.

For reservations call 508-754-8760, email, or sign up at the Worcester Cultural Council table at Out to Lunch anytime before the tour.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Her Story, Her People



6:30 pm
Preservation Worcester Community Room
230 Park Avenue, Worcester
RSVP suggested (508-754-8760)
Free and open to the public

As the title suggests, Francis De Nicola, a docent at Preservation Worcester will present a historical remembrance of the origin of the founding of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

We will look at the original Italian settlers who came to Worcester and recall their challenges and struggles in obtaining the American Dream for themselves and their families. You will hear the sacrifices that were made to build their Church for the rapidly growing Italian community and the vision Fr.Maffei had for the new church come to fruition.

Mr. De Nicola will profile some of lives of the people who lived here prior to the Italian Diaspora and the events that shaped the new immigrants' destiny.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Carmel Preservation Society.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WCCSI Architectural Scavanger Hunt



Race Starts at Leo's Ristorante
11 Leo Turo Way, Worcester

5:00 - Orientation starts
5:15 - Teams depart

Bring a camera, GPS devices permitted.

Return to Leo's upon completion for food, drinks, prizes and history.

Have an evening of fun challenging your knowledge of Worcester history and architecture! Decode mysterious clues to find historic buildings around the city. Come on your own and join a team or gather a group of friends. This is a great way to get to know Worcester close-up!

The Worcester County Construction Specifications Institute, Preservation Worcester and Central Mass American Institute of Architects collaborated on this “Amazing Race” style competition to locate some of Worcester’s architecturally significant buildings. Solve the clues to find the correct destinations, travel to them and photograph your teammates at each location. Be the first team to return and you’ll win prizes as well as bragging rights!

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided for participants.

For more information, or to let us know you are attending, email Steve VanDyke at:


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Worcester: OFF LIMITS
Lothrop's Opera House (Olympia Theater)


5:30 - 6:30 pm
Olympia Theater, 17-27- Pleasant Street

6:30 - ??
Social at local restaurant/pub to be announced

RSVP Required

PW members only

We have finally selected the next location.  Our members are invited to join us at the Olympia Theater, 17-27 Pleasant Street.

For more information and to make reservations, please call 508-754-8760.

Worcester: OFF LIMITS is a recurring special event for Preservation Worcester members only.  Event participants will access some of the city's most interesting but unavailable spaces.  After you've visited each night's site, we invite you to continue your evening in the local restaurant/pub with which we've partnered for the evening.