Gilchrist Honors Historic Preservation Projects Across Michigan


May 5, 2022

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Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist II Honors Seven Historic Preservation Projects Across Michigan

Governor’s Annual Awards Recognize Historic Preservation Achievements in Michigan

LANSING, Mich.Today Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) at announce that seven Michigan preservation projects have received Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation at a ceremony hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Communities represented include Battle Creek, Bay City, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Leland, Manistee Township and Ypsilanti.

“It is an honor to recognize the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These projects are the result of partners coming together and demonstrating the resilience, tenacity, innovation and long-term commitment to telling the Michigan story that truly defines our state and our residents. I am thrilled that new projects like these will be enabled very soon with the launch of the next round of historic state tax credits. »

Now in her 19e year, the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation The program, held annually during National Historic Preservation Month, was created by SHPO to celebrate outstanding historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to preserving Michigan’s unique character and the many archaeological sites and historic structures that represent our rich past. This year’s event was held in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Lansing.

“Historic resources and archaeological sites teach us about the past and help define Michigan’s unique identity. Their preservation is vital to Michigan’s present and future as they contribute to vibrant communities and our understanding of the past,” said Assistant State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes. “Each year during National Historic Preservation Month, the Governor’s Awards program gives us the opportunity to recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts across the state, exemplifying the collaboration and profound impact that preservation can have in Michigan communities. This year’s diverse group of awards has inspired further preservation activities and economic investments, and exemplifies projects that represent best practice in preservation.

The 2022 Governor’s Award recipients are listed below. For all the details and videos of each project, visit here.

Orchard Beach State Park Accommodation Building Relocation and Rehabilitation

Manistee Township, Manistee County

Winners: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation; Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Design and Construction; Hallack Contractor; GEI Consultants Inc., Sanders & Czapski Associates and Wolfe House Movers

Moving to a historic building is rarely a first choice, but sometimes conditions make such a decision necessary. The carefully coordinated dynamic approach to moving the Orchard Beach State Park shelter away from the receding cliff of Lake Michigan embodies the progressive thinking needed to ensure that humans and nature can co-exist long into the future.

Rehabilitation of the Crapo building as a heritage

Rehabilitation of the Crapo building as a heritage

Bay City, Bay County Winners: 213 Development LLC; Architects Quinn Evans; and Spence Brothers Construction

The rehabilitation of the old Crapo Building into The Legacy has allowed this significant landmark to once again contribute to the vitality of downtown Bay City. It also serves as a residence for new residents and is a striking example of Romanesque architecture.

    Thompson Block Rehabilitation

Thompson Block Rehabilitation

Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County

Winners: Original and Only Thompson Block LLC; Mitchell and Mouat Architects; and Kincaid Building Group

Rehabilitating the Thompson Block required tenacity to overcome fire damage and other obstacles, bringing new residents and vibrancy to this Civil War-era landmark of the Depot Town neighborhood.

Collaborative effort to lift Fishtown

Collaborative effort to lift Fishtown

Leland, County of Leelanau

Winners: Fishtown Preservation Society, Inc.; Biggs Building; Kasson Contractor; Elmer’s team; Hopkins Burns Design Studio; and Laurie Sommers Cultural Council

Creative decision-making has brought together passionate partners to protect Fishtown, Michigan’s only remaining traditional fishing village, from rapidly changing water levels, demonstrating the benefits of intentional cooperation in preservation.

Rehabilitation of the Old-Merchants National Bank & Trust building into The Milton

Rehabilitation of the Old-Merchants National Bank & Trust building into The Milton

Battle Creek, Calhoun County

Winners: MDH Development LLC; The Christman Company; integrated architecture; and Architecture + Design Inc.

The rehabilitation of the Old-Merchants Bank and Trust Company building in The Milton has allowed this Art Deco landmark to once again contribute to the vitality of downtown Battle Creek and illustrates the possibilities for adaptive reuse of grand historic structures.

    Alpha House

Alpha House Long Term Stewardship

Detroit, Wayne County

Recipient: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Lambda Chapter

Alpha House has been carefully maintained as a community anchor, earning the fraternity a long-term stewardship award. The oldest chapter house of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the house has provided a place for gathering, learning, community service and problem solving since 1939.

Kalamazoo State Theater

Long Term Management of Kalamazoo State Theater

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County

Winners: Kalamazoo State Theater; and the Hinman Company

The Kalamazoo State Theater also won a Long-Term Stewardship Award. The strategic investment in the theater has created an important regional destination for entertainment and arts programming while preserving the unique architectural feature of the original 1927 design.

National Historic Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help local preservation groups, historic societies and communities promote historic places and heritage tourism and demonstrate the social and economic benefits historic preservation. This year’s winners have spearheaded projects that have saved special places, increased activity and continue to educate residents and visitors about Michigan’s history.

To learn more about the Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation program and explore previous years’ awards by region or year on an interactive map, visit here.


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