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Chatham Preservation Awards

2024 Application Period Closed

Check back soon for the 2025 application cycle!

The Awards are sponsored jointly by the Town of Chatham Historic Commission, Historic Business District Commission, and the Chatham Historical Society. The Awards are presented annually to local projects for a broad range of preservation activities, including stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historic structures. Also recognized are sensitive additions and modernization; preservation of historic streetscapes; landscape preservation; and archaeology.

Award-winning projects can include private residences, commercial properties, publicly-owned buildings, not-for-profit institutions, and historic landscapes. Properties must be at least 75 years old to be eligible and primary emphasis is given to exterior preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration (but if interior work is open to the public, it is also eligible for consideration).

Nominations are judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The historic and architectural significance of the property preserved by the project.
  • Sensitivity to the historic integrity of the building and its site, including streetscapes.
  • Preservation or replication of historic materials and quality of project craftsmanship.
  • Impact of the project on the preservation of the town’s historic fabric, neighborhoods, and resources

Each year, Chatham Preservation Awards are be made for projects completed in the previous 10 years. The final selection of award-winning projects is made by a committee formed of representatives from the three sponsoring organizations. Where appropriate, the projects are also evaluated using the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures. A project can be nominated either by the property owner or by another individual or group, such as a neighborhood organization, building contractor, architect, or town body. Nominations from the general public are strongly encouraged.

For questions, please reach out to Christina Bassett at [email protected].

Complete information is available on the application form (see when available). Also available is a checklist for applicants and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.

The deadline for the 2025 application season has not yet been announced. When open, applications are to be mailed or delivered to The Chatham Historical Commission, Town Hall Annex – 261 George Ryder Road, Chatham, MA 02633.


The Awards Ceremony will be held for the 2024 cycle on May 18th.

Chatham Preservation Award plaque at the Atwood Museum

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Atwood Museum
347 Stage Harbor Road
Chatham, MA 02633