About Us


Our Mission

To maintain 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.

Our Values
  • Excellence in Preservation

    Through advocacy, education and action, Preservation Worcester is dedicated to the protection of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history and architecture of Worcester.

  • Pride in Worcester

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

  • Partnership

    Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments and officials, schools, other cultural organizations, and state and local historical commissions to further its goals.


Our History

Preservation Worcester was founded in 1969 by interested local citizens who were increasingly concerned about the future of Worcester’s architectural heritage in reaction to urban renewal programs and the then standard practice of “destroy the old, build anew.” Started as a volunteer organization, Preservation Worcester named Janet McCorison as its first non-volunteer Executive Director in the mid 1970s. Now with more than 600 active members, the organization has a four-person staff headquartered at 10 Cedar Street, an American Foursquare with Colonial Revival details. The building was donated to the organization in 1992 and renovated through a Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund Grant. It serves as a successful model of adaptive reuse renting office space to support operating expenses. Over the years, Preservation Worcester was instrumental is safeguarding important structures including Mechanics Hall, Union Station, the Chestnut Street Church, the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building and the Quinsigamond School.

Our Team


Megan Blomgren Burgess, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Luis Fraire, Event Sales Manager
Deborah Packard, Executive Director


Timothy P. Corrinet, President

Thomas E. Conroy, Vice President

Dorothy J. Hargrove, Vice President

Jamie S. How, Treasurer

Joel Kent, Clerk


Morris A. Bergman

Janet A. Birbara

Noah R. Bombard

Paul Curci

Robin A. DeAugustinis

Elaine K. Gardella

Rafael Lazo

Timothy McCann

Nancy J. McGrath

Robert F. Para, Jr.

Tomoko Sakai

Raymond James Simoncini

Birgit Straehle

Francisco Valdes

James A. Welu


Harold Albert

Breanna Barney

Morris Bergman

Randy Bloom

Erika Helnarski

Pam Hubley

Sarah Leveille

Sandy Meltzer

JoAnn Mills

Elizabeth Mullaney

Andrew Noone

Denise O'Connell

Jan Parent

Marilyn Polito

Eileen Rodgers

Stuart Sadick

Cindy Shenette

Help Us Save the Best to Last


Preservation Worcester is a historic preservation
non-profit, founded in 1969; that works towards maintaining significant sights and structures in the city of Worcester. 

“Funding from Mass Humanities has been provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.”


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10 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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