The Holyoke Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization that works to preserve Holyoke's historic architectural heritage for present and future generations. We believe that Holyoke's historic architecture is a unique and valuable asset. We aim to educate, inspire and encourage historic preservation throughout the city by offering programs, information, and support to those who share our ideals.
Holyoke is a city of 40,000 residents in Massachusetts, USA. It is a city of remarkable historic significance. Named after Elizur Holyoke who explored the Connecticut River Valley in 1664, Holyoke was the first planned industrial city in the United States of America. The city’s advantageous location on the Connecticut River made it ideal for powering the machines of industry. From the late 19th century until the mid-20th century, Holyoke was the world’s largest paper manufacturer. The elaborate Holyoke canal system was built to power paper and textile mills, distinguishing it from other Connecticut River cities. Holyoke is nicknamed The Paper City due to its fame as one of the world’s largest paper producers.