(Taken from Mlive article)

The National Register of Historic Places is a program of the National Park Service within the U.S. Department of the Interior. In Michigan, the State Historic Preservation Office administers the program. “The National Register is more than a list of resources that have been researched and identified as locally and nationally significant,” State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway said in a statement. “The register is a tool for honoring and preserving historic properties.”

Click here to learn about the newest additions.

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mystery photo

Any idea what this is?

It is the Floral Barn at the Wexford County Fairgrounds in Cadillac – one of possibly only 4 octagonal barns in the state. Currently the barn is suffering; last summer was the first time since it was built that it was not open for the fair. But thankfully the county and the city are joining together, along with the National Barn Alliance and the State Historic Preservation Office, to raise awareness about the barn, and have it restored.
Photo submitted by Chuck Bultman

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If your organization has an architecture related public awareness program or event that you have not been able to implement because of lack of funds, this is your chance to apply for a grant to assist in launching your program. The key element for these grants is public awareness. Your program focused on raising the public’s understanding of the importance of architecture and the role architects play in creating well-designed communities may qualify.

The Public Awareness Grants Committee considers several issues when awarding grants, including the number of people who will be impacted by the event or publication, the type of influence the program will have on the public, and whether or not the applicant or applicant organization will match MAF funds through its own organization or sponsorship support.

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Taken from an article Judy Rose, Special to the Detroit Free Press

It was built in 1906 when Royal Oak was just a village with fewer than 1,000 residents. And though today you’d say it was close to downtown, an early photo shows the house standing alone in a field. Take a peek at this beautiful restoration. 

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The Evans – Graham Memorial Preservation Award acknowledges the contribution of historic preservation architect, David Evans, FAIA. The grant of $7,500 will be awarded for fees or hard costs of a preservation project located in Michigan and is intended to promote the practice of historic preservation and to encourage not-for-profit (501c3) community groups seeking to restore important resources.

Projects that may be eligible include those that preserve an historic property or artifact that may otherwise be lost, demonstrate a creative solution to a preservation problem, benefit the community aesthetically and/or through increased visibility, and leverage other funds and will contribute to the continued viability of the historic property.

Click here for more information, including the applicationClick here to view past grant recipients.

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After burning to the ground in October, historic Northern Michigan log-cabin restaurant and bar Ma Deeter’s is on its way to making a comeback.

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The historic St. Clair Inn pictured Friday, Jan. 8,


The St. Clair Inn officially sold this week, and community leaders say they’re glad to see the historic building potentially returning to its former glory.

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As reported by Lindsay VanHulle in Crains Detroit Business

The Michigan Capitol Commission, the Capitol’s governing board, formally unveiled this unique feature earlier this month.

Visitors can navigate 360-degree, 3-D panoramic views of the Capitol interior, zoom in to look up close at decorative features on walls and ceilings and click to watch videos from inside such places as the Rotunda and the governor’s office. In addition, paintings on the walls of every room are interactive, so visitors can click on the image to learn more about its history.  Check out this InnerAct Spin Tour

The group calls it the only such tour of a statehouse anywhere in the country.  Read more…

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Enjoy wine & refreshments with your neighbors as you browse the museum’s extensive collection including the exciting new exhibit, “Royal Oak: Farm to Suburbs.”

Saturday evening, November 14, 2015
The Royal Oak Historical Museum
Old Northwood Fire Station
1411 W. Webster (@ Crooks Rd.)
7-9 P.M.

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The J.W. Knapp Building in Lansing was recognized with awards from both the MHPN and the State of Michigan. (photo courtesy of Jim Haefner)

The J.W. Knapp Building in Lansing was recognized with awards from both the MHPN and the State of Michigan.
(photo courtesy of Jim Haefner)


May is National Historic Preservation Month, and two organizations recently recognized historic preservation projects in Michigan.

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) announced ten 2015 Historic Preservation Awards winners from across Michigan in six categories, including: Building, Community, Preservation Gem, Government/Institution, Tax Credit, and Lifetime Achievement. The awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the 35th Annual MHPN Conference, “Always Seeking Modern,” which was held May 15, 2015 at the Griswold Communications Center on the campus of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.  Click here to learn more about the winners.

The 2015 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation honored five such buildings as well.  Recipients include:

Roxbury Group, Trans Inns Management, Kraemer Design Group, PLC, and Walbridge for the rehabilitation of the David Whitney Building in Detroit.

Woda Group, Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers, and the City of Menominee for the rehabilitation of Lloyd’s Department Store in Manistee.

Michigan Department of Transportation, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, and Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. for the US-31/ M-231 Holland to Grand Haven Archaeological Data Recoveries.

Friends of the Bohm Theatre, Albion Community Foundation, the Greater Albion Community, Mitchell and Mouat Architects and Gordon Martin Builder, Inc. for the rehabilitation of the Bohm Theatre in Albion.

Eyde Company, Quinn Evans Architects, and Granger Construction for the rehabilitation of the J. W. Knapp Company Building in Lansing.

Click here to view the video describing these award winners, or click here to see inside these historic buildings.

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