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Historical Commission Preservation and Restoration Awards

The Foxborough Historical Commission presents Historic Preservation and Historic Restoration Awards annually to Foxborough property owners to commemorate Massachusetts Preservation Month in May. The Preservation Award is presented to owners who have refurbished their property and saved it from future uncertainty. The Restoration Award is presented to owners who have restored their property with integrity to its original state.

Definitions of Preservation/Restoration

Restoration: A project that returns a building, structure or site to its original or early documented appearance.

Preservation: The maintenance of a building, site or structure in its existing form by preventing further alteration or deterioration. Preservation allows the structure to reflect the many changes that have taken place over the years, which reveal its complete history.


And here the commission could use your help as we simply can't drive down every street in Foxborough, but we want to make sure that every home is considered. If there is a home in your neighborhood where the owners have made an exceptional effort to preserve, restore, or save the home then please take the time to let us know about it! We seek to recognize individuals that have made an extra effort in caring for their property and show them that their efforts are appreciated.

You can nominate a home for a preservation or restoration award by filling out this form [PDF].

But you can also send us an email us at to let us know about the home or click the button below.

2014 winners

Central Street

In 2014 the winner of the Preservation award was the owner of 69 Central Street. Built as a Greek Revival cottage in 1846 for single woman Jane Winslow, it was remodeled in 1879 by then-owner Julius Carroll with the addition of two-story bays and a dormer accenting the house with "new" Victorian window and shingle details. E.P. Carpenter, the most prominent Foxborough citizen of the time and a neighbor to Mr. Carroll, probably designed the changes. The home has been graced with a mutlicolored paint application that accentuates the structural details and makes it a welcome and noticeable upgrade to the neighborhood.

Main Street

In 2014 the winners of the Restoration award were the owners of 81 Main Street. This bungalow-style house was built in 1912 for Charles A. Blaisdell, a shoe store owner. It is a side-gabled style typical of a third of these houses and has a front, centered, hip-roof dormer and ribbonned-windows (three running together). The front porch and entry were completely restored last fall. The addition of typical porch columns that have slanted sides and the railing details are reminiscent of the 1912 Craftsman style that this house represents. The workmanship is impeccable and the result is a project very well done.

This page was last updated 07/05/2014

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