Preservation Awards Program

The Concord Historical Commission (CHC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Preservation Awards. The program was established by the CHC in 2015 and is aimed at honoring property owners, architects, contractors, local organizations, and individuals for their contributions in maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of the Town of Concord. This year’s awards were given for the following projects completed between 2014 and 2017:

Award for Adaptive Reuse

Paine Barn, Middlesex School

CHC Comments: The Paine Barn’s evolution from agricultural building to the home of the Middlesex School Facilities and Operation team is an outstanding example of sensitively introducing a compatible new use into a historic building. Located in a prominent position on Lowell Road, the barn retains its original appearance and stands as a reminder of Concord’s rich agrarian heritage.

Owner: Middlesex School

Architect: Ben Nickerson

Contractor: B.W. Kennedy

Civil Engineer: Stantec Consulting Services

Construction Consultant: Commercial Construction Consulting


Award for Appropriate New Construction

12 Bow Street

CHC Comments: Taking design cues from the previous building on the site, the new construction at 12 Bow Street nestles comfortably in with its neighbors, demonstrating both restraint and sensitivity to the streetscape

Architect: Ben Nickerson

Contractor: Boynton Brennan Builders


Award for Appropriate New Construction – Honorable Mention

42 Pine Street

CHC Comments: The design team successfully blended the look of a village colonial to fit within the neighborhood with reference to the circa 1899 barn. Great care was taken to incorporate elements of the original barn.

Owner: EMS Development Corporation

Architect: Ben Nickerson

Contractor: Teamwork Construction


Award for Proper Rehabilitation/Restoration

Friend Block

CHC Comments: The Friend Block rehabilitation project brings new vitality to this prominent Main Street commercial building. The attention to detail: true divided light windows; repairs to the existing light entry light; an understated new entrance that provides universal access to the first and second stories; and masonry cleaning with “the gentlest means possible” all contribute to the success of this project.

Owner: Linear Retail Properties

Architect: Harrison French & Associates

Contractor: International Builders


Award for Sensitive Addition/Alteration

Hawthorne Inn

CHC Comments: Making a residential presence for a business subject to various building codes and the inclusion of universal access are well incorporated in the Hawthorne Inn. The addition complements the original character of the building and the surrounding properties

Owners: Mark Vella and Toni Vincente

Architect: Elise Braceras Stone

Contractor: Classic CGP

Landscape Designer: Fisher Design Group


Award for Sensitive Addition/Alteration – Honorable Mention

50 Monument Street

CHC Comments: This is a first-rate example of how the updating of a 19th century home for 21st century living can be achieved while keeping its historical integrity intact.

Architect: Elise Braceras Stone

Contractor: Fabio’s Construction


Award for Lifetime Achievement

Jayne Gordon

It is with great pleasure that the CHC award Jayne Gordon with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Jayne Gordon has been fostering historic preservation in Concord for decades. Her inspiration, expertise, and endless list of accomplishments are unsurpassed.


The 2018 Concord Preservation Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 21, 5:30pm at Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord. The awards will be presented by the Concord Historical Commission.


The Concord Historical Commission (CHC) invites nominations for the 2018 CHC Preservation Awards. This program is aimed at recognizing property owners, architects, contractors, local organizations, and individuals for their contributions to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of the Town of Concord. 

Nomination forms are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.