Historic Preservation

Somerville Preserves its Heritage at Prospect Hill Tower
Near Union Square in Somerville stands the Prospect Hill Tower—a stalwart, granite structure that represents nearly 300 years’ worth of history for the city. For the last few years, visitors have not been permitted to climb the tower for safety concerns. It was for this reason that Somerville decided to use $500,000 in CPA funds to restore the tower, preserving it for generations to come.
Communities Bring Historical Artifacts Back to Life with CPA
Many communities are home to significant historic artifacts, but those with the Community Preservation Act are fortunate enough to have a source of funding to perform restorations of these valuable resources. We’ve picked out several projects that highlight the use of CPA funds to transform historical artifacts into unique icons for the public to enjoy.
Archaeology: A Unique Component of CPA Funding
Although it is sometimes overlooked, the ability to fund archaeology projects is a unique and valuable aspect of the Community Preservation Act. While not the largest category of CPA-funded historic preservation projects - for example, only 30 archaeology projects have been funded with CPA funds, as compared to about 400 town and city hall rehabilitation projects – many communities have found that having the ability to fund such projects is a benefit.
Unique Island-wide CPA Collaboration Preserves the Gay Head Lighthouse
A beloved landmark for the island communities of Martha's Vineyard, the iconic Gay Head Light was dangerously close to the edge of the eroding cliff it has stood on for 158 years.Sitting only 43 feet from the edge of the bluff, the lighthouse was listed as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2013. Now it has been saved through the hard work of residents and a unique case of Island-wide CPA collaboration.
CPA funds Classic Art Restoration Projects across the Commonwealth
Gloucester, Royalston, Edgartown, Norfolk and Braintree are just some of the CPA communities using their CPA funds to rejuvenate and preserve municipal artworks.
With CPA, Lexington Restores the Historic Cary Building, Keeps 86-year Promise
In 1928, the people of Lexington made a promise to keep their brand new Cary Memorial Hall a vibrant and well-maintained centerpiece of their town. ecently, the town of Lexington made good on their 86-year pledge with the help of CPA.
After 150 years, Concord's Town House Gets A Much Needed Restoration
In 2012, the Town of Concord began a two-year, CPA-funded project to restore their historic Town House. The Italianate style structure, located at 22 Monument Square, was built in 1851 in the midst of a thriving agriculture and urban market economy fueled by the expanse of railroads during that time period.
Preserving Abigail Adams’s Birthplace: CPA helps rescue Weymouth’s “Hidden Gem”
The first lady and wife of the nation’s second president, Abigail Adams was born and raised in a two-story saltbox-style home in North Weymouth. Until recently, the future of this historic site, museum, and national treasure was in question due to its diminishing condition.
Needham Town Hall: Largest CPA Project Ever Tackles Complex Financing Issues on Path to Rehabilitation
The largest appropriation of CPA funds for a single project was recently approved by residents of Needham. At Town Meeting in May, residents gave their stamp of approval to the Community Preservation Committee's (CPC) recommendation to restore Needham Town Hall, using $15 million in CPA funds
Gillett Cigar Factory, Southwick
With the help of CPA funds and a group of determined local preservationists, the town of Southwick succeeded in a race against the clock to save what is probably the last surviving cigar factory in the Connecticut River Valley.
Declaration of Independence, Mendon
The town of Mendon used CPA funds to restore their copy of the Declaration of Independence, dating back to the 17th century.
Historic Library Preservation, Lenox
Using CPA funds, the town of Lenox was able to purchase the historic Lenox library from a private library association in financial trouble.