Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) receives federal Historic Preservation Fund monies to operate the state's historic preservation programs. At least 10% of the SHPO's federal grant is awarded annually to Certified Local Governments (CLGs), through a competitive grant program, for projects such as survey, National Register nominations, public education and outreach, and rehabiltation of historic properties. Since the start of the program, more than 150 grants have been awarded to CLGs.
Brief descriptions of recent awards are provided below.
In 2020, SHPO awarded $172,000 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Kalamazoo - Reconnaissance-level Historic Resource Survey of the Edison Neighborhood ($90,000)
The project will hire a 36 CFR 61 qualified consultant to complete an Reconnaissance-level Historic Resource Survey for the Edison
neighborhood in the City of Kalamazoo.
City of Detroit/Model-T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc. – Repair a Section of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ($82,000)
The project will hire a contractor to repair the National Historic Landmark-designated Ford Piquette Avenue Plant floor decking and beams in Section 3B and 3C.
In 2019, SHPO awarded $171,121 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:.
City of Detroit – Cass Corridor Intensive-Level Survey ($80,000)
Hire a 36 CFR 61 qualified consultant to conduct an intensive level architectural/historical survey of the Cass Corridor in Detroit. The final report is intended to serve as a basis for NRHP nominations, Sect 106, tax credits, and preservation planning.
City of Detroit – Fort Wayne Stabilization and Mothballing Plan ($60,000)
The City of Detroit's work at Historic Fort Wayne is being conducted in parallel with further efforts to revitalize the surrounding area and neighborhoods. The revitalization of Historic Fort Wayne is pertinent to the areas economic recovery and success. The City seeks proposals from qualified historic preservation consultant(s) to develop a specialized stabilization and mothballing plan for twenty-six selected buildings in Historic Fort Wayne. The stabilization plan will identify areas of imminent structural failure, if any, and provide specifications for stabilization and cost estimates. The mothballing plan will provide cost estimates and recommend a strategy for securing the building against trespass and vandalism. The mothballing plan will also provide specifications for ensuring adequate interior ventilation and develop a ten year maintenance and monitoring plan.
Village of Franklin – Broughton House Roof Rehabilitation ($14,970)
The objective of this project is for the Subgrantee to hire contractor(s) for rehabilitate the Broughton House by repairing and replacing the cedar shingle roof and installing copper gutters.
Washtenaw County – Northfield Township Historic Contexts ($16,151)
Hire a 36 CFR 61 qualified consultant to complete historic contexts necessary for the Phase 1 Survey of Northfield Township, located in Washtenaw County.
In 2018, SHPO awarded $133,500 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:.
City of Detroit – Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Roof Rehabilitation ($58,500)
To hire a single or multiple contractor(s) to rehabilitate section “3C” of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant roof.
Washtenaw County – Plans and Specifications for the Interior Rehabilitation of Gordon Hall ($75,000)
The project will hire a 36 CFR 61 qualified consultant to create written plans and specifications for the interior rehabilitation of Gordon Hall.
In 2017, SHPO awarded $115,478 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
Village of Franklin – Daniel Broughton House Window Rehabilitation ($26,975)
The focus of this project is to further the rehabilitation and improve the energy efficiency of the Daniel Broughton House, currently used as the Franklin Village Hall, through the rehabilitation of the building’s historic windows and the repair and instillation of wooden exterior storm windows.
City of Detroit – Philip A. Hart Plaza National Register Nomination ($35,100)
The objective of this project is for the City of Detroit to hire a 36 CFR 61 qualified consultant to prepare a National Register nomination for Philip A. Hart Plaza in Detroit. This multi-resource district will include an inventory of all the features of Hart Plaza, including buildings, structures, objects, and intentional landscapes.
City of Northville – To Conduct Survey and Prepare A New Local Historic District Report and Additional Documentation for National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Northville Historic District ($30,436.68)
The objective of this project is for the City of Northville to hire a 36 CFR 61-qualified consultant to conduct an intensive-level survey of the existing Northville Historic District. The data collected will revise a 1970s survey in order to provide more up to date information to the historic district commission and city planning office. The consultant will also prepare a new National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the historic district based on the survey update.
City of Ypsilanti – National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Training ($11,816)
The objective of this project is for the City of Ypsilanti to contract with NAPC to provide high-quality, engaging and informative training to preservation professionals and historic district commission members through presentations, hands-on exercises, group discussions and networking opportunities via live training at a one-day workshop.
City of Kalamazoo – National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Training ($11,150)
The objective of this project is for the City of Kalamazoo to contract with NAPC to provide high-quality, engaging and informative training to preservation professionals and historic district commission members through presentations, hands-on exercises, group discussions and networking opportunities via live training at a one-day workshop.
In 2016, SHPO awarded $122,022 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
Washtenaw County - Prepare a Historic Resource Survey Report and a Local Historic District Study Committee Report for Thornoaks Neighborhood in Ann Arbor Township ($6,818)
The objective of this project is to utilize a 36 CFR 61 qualified Project Manager to conduct an intensive level historic resource survey, prepare documentation in the form of a survey report according to the Manual for Historic and Architectural Surveys in Michigan, and undertake the activities required to establish a local historic district as set forth in Public Act 169 of 1970s, as amended, including the preparation of a Local Historic District Study Committee Report for the Thornoaks Neighborhood in Ann Arbor Township, Washtenaw County, MI.
City of Grand Rapids - Prepare National Register of Historic Places Addendum/Additional Documentation Nomination Materials for Heritage Hill Historic District and Heartside Historic District ($21,000)
The objective of this project is to utilize a 36 CFR 61 qualified Project Manager to accomplish two tasks. The first is to update the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the Heritage Hill Historic District, which was listed in the register in 1971, by extending the district’s period of significance to 1965 so that the significance of those buildings constructed from the 1920s to the mid-1960s, previously considered as not contributing to the district’s character and historic significance, can now also be recognized. The second is to complete a previously begun project to expand the existing National Register of Historic Places-listed Heartside Historic District to include the entire area now encompassed by the city’s Heartside district, so that the boundaries of the National Register and city district will be the same. This project will update the information on the district’s buildings and provide a statement of historic significance for the entire district that meets today’s national register nomination standards.
City of Detroit/Model-T Automotive Heritage Complex Inc. – Repair a Section of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ($33,000)
Repair section 3D of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant roof, remove existing roofing and decking to expose the damaged beam, re-install decking, and replace roof.
City of Detroit - Prepare an Archaeological Survey and National Register of Historic Places Nomination Addendum/Additional Documentation Materials for the City of Detroit Owned Fort Wayne ($15,560)
City of Detroit 36 CFR 61 qualified staff will conduct above ground survey through in-kind match and a consultant will be hired to conduct an archaeological survey of Historic Fort Wayne in the City of Detroit in order to update the National Register of Historic Places nomination.
City of Allegan - Griswold Memorial Auditorium Exterior Rehabilitation ($45,644)
The objective of this project is for the City of Allegan to hire a single or multiple contractor(s) to rehabilitate the exterior masonry of the Griswold Memorial Auditorium by repairing/replacing deteriorated and damaged bricks and repointing mortar joints in accordance with the City of Allegan’s plans and specifications.
In 2015, SHPO awarded $117,000 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Saline - Condition Assessment Report of Rentschler Farm ($33,000)
The objective of this project is to hire a qualified consultant to prepare a Condition Assessment Report for all 13 structures on the historic Rentschler Farm and to provide plans and specifications for structural and foundation rehabilitation of the Salvage Barn.
City of Detroit/Belle Isle Conservancy - Plans and Specifications of the Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Pass-Through ($24,000)
Hire a qualified contractor to provide plans and specifications detailing the reopening of the pass-through between the Belle Isle Aquarium and Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.
City of Detroit/Scarab Club- Scarab Club Roof Rehabilitation ($33,000)
Rehabilitate the Scarab Club roof and skylight, tear off the existing flat membrane roof system to the structural deck, replace damaged/rotten deck, and install new flashing.
City of Menominee/ Menominee Opera House Committee, Inc. - Menominee Opera House Phase II: Installation of Formed Metal Cornice ($27,000)
Remove the brick and replace with the formed metal cornice on the south facing façade of the Menominee Opera House.
In 2014, SHPO awarded $146,865 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Allegan - National Register of Historic Places addendum/additional documentation for the existing Allegan Downtown Historic District ($3,100)
Hire a qualified consultant to prepare a National Register of Historic Places addendum/additional documentation nomination materials for the existing Allegan Downtown Historic District in Allegan. This will expand the district's period of significance from its current end date of 1930, to 1970, in order to recognize buildings constructed and renovated during the 1930-70 time period as contributing to the district's historic character.
City of Detroit/Belle Isle Conservancy - Rehabilitation work at the Belle Isle Aquarium ($63,665)
Continuation of the fiscal year 2013 CLG grant for the Belle Isle Aquarium: repair and repoint masonry, repair and paint exterior woodwork, repair/replace wood windows, make structural repairs to the chimney. This is the third CLG grant award for the rehabilitation of the Belle Isle Aquarium.
City of Holland - Rehabilitation and restore historic windows at the Holland Museum ($37,639)
Rehabilitate and restore 24 windows at the Holland Museum, located in the 1914 Post Office building; fabricate and install custom size and color storm windows.
City of Mount Clemens - Rehabilitate roof on Mount Clemens Depot ($22,614)
Replace the roof on the National Register of Historic Places-listed 1859 Grand Trunk Western Rail Station (Mount Clements Depot) with synthetic slate shingles to match the original slate shingles and re-flash four chimneys.
In 2013, SHPO awarded $106,200 in grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - Masonry and Window Rehabilitation at the Belle Isle Aquarium ($54,000)
Continuation of the FY11 CLG grant for the Belle Isle Aquarium: masonry repointing and repair, exterior woodwork repair and painting, repair/replace wood windows, chimney structural repair.
City of Detroit - Rehabilitation of the Belle Isle Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Tower ($52,200)
Phase 1: hire a consultant to prepare a rehabilitation master plan for the Belle Isle Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Tower. Phase 2: construction to repair the most critical repairs identified in the rehabilitation master plan.
In 2012, SHPO awarded $112,000 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Allegan - Allegan District Library Rehabilitation Project ($50,140)
Phase I of this project will repair and rehabilitate the tile roof structure and brackets of the Allegan District Library's 1914 Carnegie Library building on the east side of the building and part of the front of the building up to and including the original entrance to the building.
City of Menominee - Menominee Opera House Roof and Exterior Masonry Rehabilitation Project ($45,000)
Rehabilitation of the Mansard roof on the south façade of the Menominee Opera House and installation of decorative brick on the upper thirty courses of the south façade
City of Mount Clemens - Mount Clements Train Depot Exterior Rehabilitation Project ($11,100)
Repair and paint exterior woodwork and arched brackets, rehabilitate and paint exterior windows on south facing wall, weather strip doors.
City of Ypsilanti - Historic Sign Restoration Program ($5,760)
Rehabilitation of the Terry Bakery historic sign located in Ypsilanti Local Historic District. The deliverables will be: development of a detailed sign restoration plan with the property owner, including photos and drawings as applicable; development of an RFP for contractual services to the historic sign; development of a sign easement to be held by the City; development of social media following the progress of the sign rehabilitation; utilize the internet and social media to develop online repositories of photographs and information about Ypsilanti's Mid-Century Modern signs.
In 2011, SHPO awarded $124,000 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - Prepare an updated National Register of Historic Places nomination for Belle Isle ($24,000)
The City of Detroit will hire a consultant to update the existing Belle Isle NRHP nomination. The completed nomination will include a survey of approximately 75 buildings, shelters, bridges, comfort stations, memorial towers, statues, fountains, and significant landscapes.
City of Detroit - Prepare plans and specifications and repair the roof of the Belle Isle aquarium ($45,000)
Grant funds will be used to replace the asphalt shingle roof bearing the cupola in the central rear of the aquarium building. Metal flashing will also be replaced. Underlayment leak barriers will be installed at eaves, valleys, roof deck and penetrations. Roof vents will be replaced. Cupola will be repaired, cupola windows and cupola wooden trim will be repaired and reglazed as necessary; wooden elements will be repainted an approved appropriate color. Community architects will be preparing plans and specs to be submitted later.
City of Detroit - Prepare Master Rehabilitation Plan for the Minoru Yamasaki-designed reflecting pools and historic landscape plan at the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium at Wayne State University ($20,000)
The city of Detroit will hire an architect and historic landscape architect consultant to prepare a rehabilitation plan for the Minoru Yamasaki-designed reflection pool and for restoring the historic gardens surrounding the pool.
City of Boyne City - Prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for downtown Boyne City ($35,000)
The city of Boyne City will hire a consultant to survey downtown Boyne City and prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination form.
In 2010, SHPO awarded more than $106,000 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Boyne City - Rehabilitate the National Register of Historic Places-listed 1910 Boyne City Water Works Building ($54,450)
Upon completion the building will have three uses: reconnect to the water system to serve as a supplemental pumping house; to serve as public restrooms along an adjacent bike path and proposed neighborhood park; to create a mini-museum to include displays and artifacts highlighting the history of the building. Work includes demolition, replacement of the roof structure, fill in basement and install floor slab, brick masonry repair, door and window repair/replacement, and replacement of the boiler and electrical system.
City of Detroit - Prepare walking, driving, and biking tours focused on Detroit's Modern architecture ($12,935)
The walking, driving, and biking tours coincide with the SHPO's Michigan Modern project. Tour destinations include buildings designed by notable architects such as Minoru Yamasaki, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Gunnar Birkerts, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others.
City of Mount Clemens - Rehabilitation of the Mount Clemens Train Depot ($18,000)
The exterior masonry walls of the National Register of Historic Places-listed depot will be repointed.
County of Washtenaw - Preparation of a Rehabilitation Master Plan (RMP) for Gordon Hall ($14,752)
The county of Washtenaw will partner with the Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum to hire a consultant to prepare a historic building Rehabilitation Master Plan for Judge Samuel W. Dexter House (Gordon Hall) in Dexter. Gordon Hall is one of the most striking Greek Revival homes in Michigan, unique for its grand scale with well-balanced proportions and massive tetrastyle portico. The house was completed in 1844 for Judge Samuel W. Dexter, chief justice of Washtenaw County from 1826 to 1833, founder of the city of Dexter, and a University of Michigan Regent. Restored in the 1940s by Emil Lorch, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Michigan, the interior of the house was altered radically when the house was converted into apartments in 1951. The Dexter Area Historical Society purchased the historic home from the University of Michigan in March 2006.
Statewide CLGs - Provide scholarships to attend National Association of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) 2010 Forum in Grand Rapids
Provide conference registration and travel reimbursement scholarships of up to $500 each to allow one preservation commissioner or one staff person per CLG to attend the 2010 NPAC Forum in Grand Rapids from July 29-August 1, 2010.
County of Washtenaw - Prepare walking, driving, and biking tours focused on Detroit's Modern architecture ($6,000)
The walking, driving, and biking tours coincide with the SHPO's Michigan Modern. Tour destinations include buildings designed by notable architects such as George Brigham, Robert Metcalf, William Muschenheim, David Osler, Alden B. Dow, Tivadar Balogh, and others.
In 2009, SHPO awarded $57,170 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - Repair and Stabilize the Belle Isle Aquarium Roof ($40,000) Declined by applicant
This project will repair and stabilize the Belle Isle Aquarium roof, as part of a broader plan to reopen the aquarium for the public to enjoy.
City of Kalamazoo - Historic Preservation Trades Training - 10-Day Window Rehabilitation Workshop ($35,170)
Using a historic house in the in the Vine Area Historic District as a laboratory, this grant will support a training program designed to teach carpenters techniques to repair and retrofit wooden windows. Original wooden windows are often an important feature of a historic house. This project will demonstrate and document when historic wooden windows are repaired and retrofitted the energy efficiency can meet or surpass that of inappropriate replacement widows.
County of Washtenaw - Chelsea Center for the Development of the Arts (CCA), Housed in the Former St. Mary Parish School ($22,000)
This project will nominate this historic building to the National Register of Historic Places, and prepare a rehabilitation master plan to guide future rehabilitation and maintenance of the building.
In 2008, SHPO awarded $90,300 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - Nominate Detroit Schools to the National Register and Prepare Two Model Adaptive Reuse Plans ($30,000)
Budgetary problems and dropping enrollments have caused the Detroit school district to plan the closure of many historic schools. The city will survey 180 Detroit Public Schools buildings built prior to 1960 and prepare a thematic nomination for the National Register of Historic Places. The city will also hire a consultant to prepare two model adaptive reuse plans for two closed schools that identify alternative uses for the building and identify economic development tools. The model plans can then be used by other communities seeking alternative uses for their closed school buildings.
City of Jackson - Signage Marking the Boundaries of the Oaks Historic District ($1,800)
The city will finalize design, manufacture and install eight boundary signs and19 intersection signs identifying the Oaks Historic District in downtown Jackson.
City of Kalamazoo - Architectural Plans and Specifications for the Repair of the Kalamazoo Water Tower ($23,500)
The CLG grant will enable the city of Kalamazoo to hire an architect to prepare plans and specifications for the repair of the tower based on recommendations from a recently completed Condition Assessment Report.
City of Ypsilanti - Protect the Ypsilanti Freighthouse from Water Infiltration ($35,000)
The city of Ypsilanti will control storm water run-off by regrading, constructing an underground drainage system for roof storm water, repairing and replacing deteriorated wood decking, and painting exterior wooden platforms.
In 2007, SHPO awarded $79,500 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Menominee in Partnership with the Menominee Opera House Committee - Hire an Architect to Prepare a Rehabilitation Master Plan Report for the Menominee Opera House ($31,000)
The CLG grant will pay part of the cost of a rehabilitation master plan report, which will guide the future restoration of the building.
City of Kalamazoo - Hire a Consultant to Prepare a Condition Assessment Report for the Kalamazoo Water Tower ($21,800)
The CLG grant will enable the city of Kalamazoo to hire a consultant to prepare a Condition Assessment Report that will provide information on the existing condition and maintenance needs for the short term and long term future of the tower.
City of Lansing Economic Development Corporation - Hire a Consultant to Prepare Documentation for a National Register District Nomination ($15,000)
The city of Lansing will hire a consultant with the grant funds to survey the downtown area and prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The district will include much of the area from Ionia to Lenawee Streets and from Townsend Street and Capitol Avenue to Grand Avenue.
City of Holland - Exterior Restoration and Stabilization Work on the Van Raalte Farm House ($11,700)
With the CLG grant the city of Holland will stabilize the historic 160-acre Van Raalte Farm farmhouse by replacing the roof and repairing masonry, in addition to other work, so that this important piece of Holland's history will be preserved.
In 2006, SHPO awarded $79,500 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Menominee in Partnership with the Menominee Opera House Committee - Hire an Architect to Prepare a Rehabilitation Master Plan Report for the Menominee Opera House ($31,000)
Grant funds will be used to conduct a structural engineering assessment of the marquee, the structural framing system and roof, remove and repair the marquee, perform repairs to the structural system, replace electrical wiring, repair the roof and reinstall the marquee.
Detroit City Council Historic Designation Advisory Board in Partnership with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network -Historic Preservation Building Arts Lab Program within A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center ($28,500)
Utilizing the Historic Fort Wayne's Commanding Officer's House as a laboratory for instruction and hands-on work, the Detroit City Council's Historic Designation Advisory Board (HDAB), in partnership with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) and the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center (Randolph), will develop and establish a Historic Preservation Building Arts Lab program within Randolph, a Detroit public school. The Historic Preservation Building Arts Program will be a well-documented model program so that it can be easily built into the established curriculum at Randolph and easily transferable to other school systems.
Washtenaw County - Heritage Tourism Maps ($20,000)
Washtenaw County Department of Planning and Environment will utilize existing data in the county's HistWeb database to create themed driving/biking tours of the historic resources in Washtenaw County. The county will develop color pamphlets containing contextual narrative, wayfinding directions and suggested routes and a map of the historic resources associated with each theme. In addition it will create a Heritage Tourism Web page on HistWeb that includes all maps and downloadable, printable PDF files of the themed pamphlets.
In 2005, SHPO awarded $97,200 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - Eastern Market National Register Boundary Expansion ($7,200)
City of Jackson - Michigan Theatre of Jackson Rehabilitation Plan ($30,000)
City of Ypsilanti - Freighthouse Rehabilitation ($30,000)
County of Washtenaw - Manchester Village National Register Designation and Development of HistWeb ($30,000)
In 2004, SHPO awarded $70,000 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Allegan - Griswold Auditorium Restoration and Education Project ($45,000)
This grant will help the city of Allegan make masonry repairs, perform window restoration and clean and repair limestone. A unique educational component of this grant is to provide hands-on workshops that walk participants through the step-by-step process of restoration work as it is being performed.
County of Washtenaw - Historic Resources on Geographic Information System ($25,000)
The Washtenaw County Historic District Commission and Planning Department will continue to develop its web-based GIS site called HistWeb during phase II of this project. The county will upgrade the website to make it more user-friendly as well as add new survey information to the system. The county will conduct new field survey work and use survey information created over the last twenty years to supplement the current information posted on the website. The website is available to the public and city, county, and state planners. It is a model for other communities across the state.
In 2003, SHPO awarded $80,000 in matching grants to the following CLGs to undertake historic preservation projects:
City of Detroit - South Rosedale Park National Register Nomination Project ($30,000)
South Rosedale Park is a planned neighborhood developed primarily during the 1920s and 1930s that has retained its historic character. The city of Detroit will conduct a historic resource survey and prepare a nomination for the district to the National Register of Historic Places. The information gathered through this project will also help residents achieve local historic district designation to protect their unique historic neighborhood.
City of Ypsilanti - Michigan Central Railroad Freighthouse ($30,000)
The 1878 Michigan Central Freighthouse is located in the Ypsilanti Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Currently used as the Ypsilanti Farmers Market and housing specialty shops, the structure is also used for a variety of youth-centered educational, recreational and cultural activities. This grant will help the city repair the electrical system, masonry, gutters and downspouts, and paint.
Canton Township - Cemetery Preservation Handbook ($5,000)
Canton Township boasts three historic cemeteries. Township staff has undertaken the restoration of these cemeteries, including repair of headstones and other features that were badly deteriorated. Canton Township has been awarded a grant to develop a handbook for the preservation of historic cemeteries in Michigan that can be used by other communities facing the same challenges in historic cemetery maintenance.
City of Jackson - Historic Resource Survey ($15,000)
The city of Jackson has included historic preservation as an integral part of its revitalization efforts. The grant will aid the city of Jackson in completing survey of its downtown historic resources, possibly leading to National Register of Historic Places nominations in the future.