Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Cambridge Historical Commission gave out its annual Cambridge Preservation Awards last month to celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects and people who have made contributions to the conservation and protection of the city’s architecture and history.

The winners include exterior renovations of homes at 1531 Cambridge St.; 8 Cleveland St.; 8 Cottage St.; 31-33 Fayette St.; 24 Highland St.; 102-104 Inman St.; and 122 Oxford St.

The Anthony C. Platt award for an exceptional project in a neighborhood conservation district was awarded to Adrian Catalano for the restoration of the two-family home at 38-40 Arlington St. in the Avon Hill district.

Other restoration projects to get awards are the Great Dome and Barker Library Reading Room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 10; Christ Church on Garden Street (which was built in 1761); the YMCA in Central Square, with its Central House residential rehab; and the former Immaculate Conception Lithuanian Church and Rectory at 424-430 Windsor St., which were remade for affordable-housing use by the Just-A-Start Corp.

People honored for their contributions to preservation are Catherine Korsgren, who donated a preservation restriction to Historic New England for her Italianate home at 10 Hollis St.; the board members of the Longview Corp. at 983-986 Memorial Drive, for adopting a window restoration policy; and Jane Carbone, Robert Costa and Deb Hall, project managers at Homeowner’s Rehab, for their work rehabilitating older buildings for affordable housing.

Participants in the Cambridge Community Development Department’s Façade, Signage and Lighting Improvement Program got Certificates of Merit for projects at 1166 Cambridge St. (the Puritan & Co. Restaurant), 1 JFK Street (The World’s Only Curious George Store) and 1682 Massachusetts Ave. (Giulia Restaurant).

The awards ceremony was held at the institute’s Fariborz Maseeh Hall on May 30.

The program was started by the commission in 1997. For information, call its offices at (617) 349-4683.