Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove is honored to have been chosen by Waterfront Area Historic League (WHALE) as its 2019 Christopher “Chip” Gillespie Revitalization Award recipient.

In announcing the award, WHALE writes, “New Bedford’s Kilburn Mill…has been in the spotlight after hosting the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s ‘Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.’

“Kilburn Mill is being recognized for its revitalization efforts and creative reuse of the historic textile mill.”

After hosting the “Grand Panorama” during 2018, the renovated space is now the Kilburn Event Center. Consisting of 22,000 square feet of space, it is available for a diverse array of uses today such as wedding receptions, corporate functions, fundraisers, cultural events or other happenings.

Elsewhere in the half million square foot building, small businesses, artists, artisans and community organizations now call Kilburn Mill home – and more are being added every week as building renovation continues. An outdoor courtyard and roof deck are also close to completion.

AFTER: The 22,000 square foot renovated space which housed the ‘Grand Panorama’ and is now home to the Kilburn Event Center.

WHALE invites WHALE members and the general public to their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Greasy Luck Brewery, 791 Purchase Street, downtown New Bedford. All are welcome to cheer on all the distinguished awardees while networking with some light refreshments and drinks.

BEFORE: Another section of the building awaiting restoration. In all, Kilburn has a half million square feet of mill space available for a variety of adaptive reuse purposes.

In all, four recipients will be awarded during the celebration, including Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove. The others are as follows: Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award winners are James Chourinard and Kimberly Arruda for the restoration of Davoll’s General Store; Capital Adventures LLC and Shoreline Development for restoration and adaptive reuse of the Third Meeting House, commonly known as Mattapoisett Grange; and the Carol Ann Juneau Volunteer Award recipient is Bristol County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with the restoration of the historic 1834 Howland House, 38 South Sixth Street, and the 1850 Leander Plummer House, 148 Hawthorn Street.

The meeting will feature historic photos and information about the award winners and WHALE’s current preservation projects

Guests will also hear from Executive Director, Teri Bernert about WHALE’s current preservation projects and featured speaker, founder of the Heritage Restoration, Robert Cagnetta.

Heritage Restoration, Inc. is a broad range construction and restoration service company dedicated to preserving and enhancing a building’s beauty, function, efficiency, and charm.  

The mission of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is to foster historic preservation and continued use of the city’s architectural heritage, and to enhance community and economic vitality in New Bedford, MA. More information about WHALE is available at