Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Preservation Worcester Inc.

  • Worcester, MA
  • preservationworcester.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Adult Education
  2. Most Endangered Structures Program
  3. Urban Design Program
  4. All America City Program
  5. Seeing Worcester Architecture Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Preservation Worcester primarily serves the public in Worcester, Massachusetts and surrounding communities.

ruling year

1970

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Deborah S. Packard

Keywords

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PW preserving neighborhoods for people, Save the best to last, Education, Advocacy and Action, Preservation matters, Historic Preservation

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EIN

23-7073959

 Number

4207240960

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We recently celebrated the reconstruction of the Clock Tower at Worcester State Hospital and the opening of our Community Room at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building. We choose and monitored our 2015 Most Endangers Structures List. Progress was made - Quinsigamond Firehouse (connected potential developer with city to explore funding opportunities); Stearns Tavern (took ownership of property to prevent eminent demolition), Mission Chapel (working with developer and assisting with tax credits), Bramble Hill (under agreement) and Boys Club (secured $1,200,000 in historic tax credits). We co-sponsored a statewide historic preservation conference that brought 350 attendees to the city. We provided assistance and helped to facilitate sales of historic structures. We photodocumented properties on which we hold preservation restrictions. We are working with multiple organizations to promote downtown revitalization and are working with the city on a preservation plan. We also are working with the city on establishing design guidelines for the Vernon Hill area. We hosted 2 photography exhibits. We provided education programs to over 5,500 people. We completed work in our basement for a salvage shop and are currently working on the set-up. We continue to partner of the Worcester Revolution of 1774. We are collaborating with City Lab at WSU on our Urban Design Committee Node Project. We initiated a new program (not anticipated), Worcester: Off Limits which brings people into structures not generally accessible.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Adult Education

We provided a 10-week new docent training course and monthly training for our current docents. We created By the Canal,a self-guided audio tour downloadable to smart phones and in print version. Our walking tours included three Birds & Architecture tours, Institute Park for WPI staff tour, Cedar-Elm neighborhood tour; Society of Architectural Historians tour; Crown Hill; Art in the Park tour for guide trainees; and 3 tours for Unum staff. We provided bus tours for the Garden Club; WPI Parents; Becker College freshmen; new faculty of Holy Cross; Notre Dame Academy and St. John's High School. We trained South High School students to give local wagon tours. We presented a program for a Holy Cross writing class. We provided illustrated talks - three Worcester's Movie Palaces talks; Stroll Down Shrewsbury Street; two talks by Dr. Sara Wermiel; Historic Homes Workshop for Worcester Regional Association of Realtors and Why Preservation is Green to Constructions Specification Institute.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

College Aged (18-26 years)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$32,175.00

Program 2

Most Endangered Structures Program

We annually select, publicize and monitor the most endangered properties in Worcester.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 3

Urban Design Program

Our current efforts focus on the nodes (retail enclaves in a residential neighborhood). We are locating and analyzing the nodes of the city. Our previous initiatives include working with the city on developing Design Review Guidelines and Streetscape Plans for the downtown area, and a 2-year study of the historic properties on and campus plans of our locale education institutions - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Becker College, WPI, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, UMA Medical School, Assumption College, Worcester Academy and Notre Dame Academy.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

All America City Program

TheThird GradeAll America City Programincludes an illustrated classroom presentation to prepare students for a downtown field trip and the actual field trip. On their four-hour fieldtrip, children visit the top floor of the Sovereign Bank Tower (the tallest building in the city), City Hall, the Worcester Common, Union Station and the National Guard Armory Museum. A highlight of the trip is a Mock City Council Meeting in the City Hall Council Chamber led by a city councilor. The program was created in collaboration with third grade teachers. It is based on the Massachusetts History and Social Science, Math and English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks, and is endorsed by the Worcester Public Schools. The program is coordinated in partnership with the City of Worcester, Sovereign Bank and the National Guard Armory Museum. It is led by Preservation Worcester docents who receive ten sessions of orientation and on-going monthly docent training.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$32,175.00

Program 5

Seeing Worcester Architecture Program

Seeing Worcester Architecture is a sequential series programs and field trips for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. This program fits the MA Curriculum Frameworks for grades 3, 4, and 5 in social studies and art. The programs continue from year to year and enlarge upon concepts learned in earlier grades and permit reinforced learning and a more complex understanding of local history and of the familiar buildings in our community. The program supports an understanding of architecture, design, and historic preservation at graduated levels - Grade 3, Worcester monumental architecture and the built environment; Grade 4, buildings of everyday life in Worcester, including the sustainability of old buildings and historic preservation; Grade 5, historic preservation and adaptive reuse through architectural sketches and floor plan development. There are associated field trips for each grade level. The program culminates with a Living Museum.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$32,175.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is 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. We work to preserve Worcester's architectural legacy, protect neighborhoods, educate the public about Worcester's architecture and history, advocate for excellence in new construction, promote economic development, and instill community pride.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have education programs in the schools which are intended to promote future preservationists and to instill community pride. Our adult programs are intended to educate, foster civic engagement and also promote pride of place. We select and monitor endangered properties. We advocate for legislative policy, stewardship and adaptive re-use of structures. We provide technical assistance to property owners and also information on funding resources. We hold preservation restrictions on properties and monitor them. We have an Urban Design Committee that focuses on design issues.


  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since our establishment in 1969, we have been successful is safe-guarding important structures across our city. Our Docent Program has been in place for 37 years. We have a seasoned staff, a dedicated Board of Directors and an impressive group of 18 education docents.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Outcome #1*
    Preserve architectural legacy for future generations
    Indicator # 1*
    Relocate Stearns Tavern, have 3 "saves" of threatened structures, promote re-use of Auditorium & Boys Club

    Outcome #2*
    Inform and engage the public, instill community pride
    Indicator #2*
    Reach 5,000+ through programs, have 70+ media occurrences, reach 8,000+ through social media

    Outcome #3
    Enrich the community by reaching out to diverse segments
    Indicator #3
    Target under-served audiences - low income neighborhoods/schools, disabled people, new citizens, seniors, young adults

    Outcome #4
    Collaborate for increased impact
    Indicator #4
    Join forces with 20+ organizations
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over the years, we have safe-guarded many important structures. We continue to be challenged by structures that are threatened by demolition, neglect and inappropriate use. We have educated hundreds of thousands of people and the challenge still remains.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Preservation Worcester primarily serves the public in Worcester, Massachusetts and surrounding communities.

Funding Needs

Preservation Worcester's most pressing need is for financial support. We operate on a shoe string budget and with a small staff. During the past few years, our expenses have exceeded our income by approximately $20,000. The situation is concerning in terms of the long-term viability of the organization and also reduces the amount of time we can allocate to our mission. Our current oil furnace should be replaced. It is inefficient and we know that we would realize a savings were we to convert to a gas heating system. The cost to convert to a new system is approximately $5,000.We annually recruit and train docents. We need more. We currently have approximately 20 docents who provide research, conduct classroom programs and field trips, and conduct walking tours, bus tours and programs.Our award winning "By the Canal Tour"was launched in November 2012. Our 4-color brochure has a map and tag images that are scanned by a smart phone for the audio version of the tour. We printed 6,000 brochures and have about 200 left. The price for printing 20,000 brochures is $2,888. We do not have a marketing budget. It would be wonderful to have funds or persons with skills to help us market our programs and events, and develop collateral materials.

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation

Chamber of Commerce

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PRESERVATION WORCESTER INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Preservation Worcester Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah S. Packard

BIO

Our Executive Director has been with the organization for the past 12 years. Previously, she worked as the Director of Development for the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham; the marketing and business development manager for Consigli Construction Company, Milford, MA; and the Vice President of Resource Development for the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Worcester. She has a BA in Urban Studies from Wheaton College and credits toward an MBA.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Since 1969, we have played a key role in building a healthy community and vibrant neighborhoods. We are unique in that role as Worcester's sole advocate for the built environment and historic preservation. Our green historic preservation initiatives promote protecting our environmental resources. Our education programs are designed to reach our entire community and our school efforts target specific underserved neighborhoods. We actively work to enhance our community by promoting economic development and instilling community pride. We work in partnership with elected officials and city staff, neighborhood groups, cultural organizations, and local citizens. Recently, we partnered with the City Manager, a local bank and environment groups on the sale and future historic restoration of the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building in Elm Park. Through a grassroots campaign, a Clock Tower Monument has been reconstructed at the site of the former historic Worcester State Hospital. We concluded a 2-year study on the campus plans and historic buildings of 11 local education institutions and recognized 3 colleges with Urban Design Awards. We created a cutting edge, self-guided audio tour entitled By the Canal. We selected and monitored our Most Endangered Structures Lists and have had success with many properties. We reached approximately 5,000 people through our education programs. We presented a 5 part series on green historic preservation and continue our efforts in that area. Our All America City Program annually reaches nearly 700 third grade students with an in-class program and a field trip. We recently completed our 5th year of collaboration with the Worcester Arts Magnet School. Working with school staff, we created in-class sequential programs and field trips for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. The program culminated in June with a ""Living Museum"" and Seeing Worcester Architecture, a tour and brochure for children and their families. We restored a bungalow on Henshaw Street and have a purchase and sales agreement on that property. We created a Consultant Directory on our website. We embarked on an image management initiative. One indicator that we are making a difference is the amount of media attention we have received in the past year - 34 print media articles, 11 radio shows and 5 television shows. We had 8,107 unique visitors to our website. In 2011, we had 12,597 visits to our website. We conducted an effective Save the Clock Tower campaign - our Save the Clock Tower Facebook page has 1,066 likes and nearly 500 people signed on our I-petition. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Robert F. Para Jr.

Lamoureux Pagano Associates

Term: May 2016 - May 2017

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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