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Waterfront Historic Area League

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community


15 Johnny Cake HillNew Bedford, MA 02740 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is to foster historic preservation and continued use of the city’s architectural heritage, so to enhance community and economic vitality in New Bedford, MA. WHALE accomplishes its mission through bricks and mortar historic preservation projects, advocacy, and education.


WHALE was established in 1962, when urban renewal threatened entire neighborhoods. Its founders were committed to saving our city’s history and architectural heritage from "death by neglect and the tyranny of the bulldozer." Over the past 50 years, WHALE has facilitated the completion of more than 50 restoration and preservation projects in the New Bedford area. Because of its non-profit status, WHALE can enter into a variety of real estate transactions including purchase, rehabilitation, sale, and deed restrictions. With these capabilities, WHALE has been able to save properties which could not be handled by the private sector.


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