Chatham Preservation Awards

Application Period Now Open

Click the link below to view or download the 2020 Preservation Awards Letter
2020 Preservation Awards Letter

Click the link below to view or download the 2020 Chatham Preservation Awards Application
2020 Chatham Preservation Awards Application

The Application Period for the 2020 Chatham Preservation Awards has begun with the deadline due January 31st, 2020. 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 be 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 call the Chatham Historical Society/Atwood Museum at (508) 945-2493.

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

The deadline for applications is January 30, 2020, and the applications are to be mailed or delivered to The Chatham Historical Commission, Town Hall Annex – 261 George Ryder Road, Chatham, MA 02633.

PLEASE EMAIL NOMINATION PACKAGE TO: mclarke@chatham-ma.gov

The Awards Ceremony will be held in May at The Wayside Inn in Chatham.


Prior Year Winners:

2018 & 2019 Awards Page
2016 Awards Page
2015 Awards Page
2014 Awards Page
2012 Awards Page
2011 Awards Page