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About Us

Our Mission

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 with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our Values

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


Deborah Packard, Executive Director

Leni Opoku-Boahin, Office Manager

Jody Athanasiou, Advancement Associate


Dorothy J. Hargrove, President

Joel Kent, Vice President

James A. Welu, Vice President

Jamie S. How, Treasurer
Morris A. Bergman, Assistant Treasurer

Noah R. Bombard, Clerk


Janet A. Birbara

Erica Cawley
Timothy P. Corrinet

Paul Curci
David Fort
Elaine K. Gardella

Rachel Hall

Rafael Lazo

Mary Beth Leonard

Howard Lucas

Melinda Marchand

Denise O' Connell

Robert F. Para, Jr.

Stuart Sadick

Birgit Straehle


Harold Albert

Morris Bergman

Randy Bloom

Janet Guy Hamilton

Jim Halpin

Susan Halpin

Erika Helnarski

Pam Hubley

Breanna Kucera

Sandy Meltzer

JoAnn Mills

Elizabeth Mullaney

Andrew Noone

Don Northway

Denise O'Connell

Jan Parent

Alan Petrillo

Marilyn Polito

Eileen Rodgers

Stuart Sadick

Ana Santos Restivo

Cindy Shenette

Eric Spencer

Cathy Woods-Goodwin

Help Us Save the Best to Last

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