MAF Evans-Graham Award Kickstarts Community Preservation Projects

Preserving Michigan’s architectural history often begins with devoted locals, raising money and swinging hammers one nail at a time. That’s where the MAF Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation Award makes a real difference. Each May, a juried panel awards the $7,500 grant to a non-profit community organization seeking to restore a beloved local resource.

In 2016, the MAF selected The King House Association, a group of citizens working to save the last remaining log home of a 19th-century Odawa fishing village near Good Hart. The funds received from the MAF allowed the organization to build a new cedar roof—a vital stabilizing step for the 1849 structure. Now the group is moving forward to restore the rest of the cabin, working with a timber craftsmen’s guild to teach others traditional hewn log techniques.

“Our goal is for the award to be a catalyst,” explains jury chairman and MAF trustee Park Smith. “We look for projects that have the enthusiasm and involvement of the community, but that might not happen if we don’t step in to help.”

The Evans-Graham Memorial Preservation Award was named in honor of historic preservation architect David Evans, and established by preservation activist Ralph Graham, the MAF’s first public trustee. Past awards have funded repairs and/or renovation work on Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium, Charlevoix’s 1885 South Pier lighthouse, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affleck House in Bloomington, and 19th-century copper mining heritage sites in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The next recipient of the award, now in its 18th year, was be announced at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Conference, May 17-20 in Petoskey.

Click here to view past grant recipients.

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