Gilchrist honors historic preservation projects throughout Michigan


May 5, 2022

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Lt. gov. Gilchrist II honors seven historic preservation projects across Michigan

The annual Governor’s Awards recognize achievements in Michigan’s historic preservation community

LANSING, Mich.Today Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that sEven Michigan conservation projects were recognized with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation during a ceremony hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).. communities are represented 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,” he said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These projects are the result of partners coming together and demonstrating resilience, tenacity, innovation and long-term commitment to telling Michigan’s story that truly defines our state and our residents. I look forward to new projects like this being made possible very soon with the launch of the next round of State Historical Tax Credits.”

Now in the 19thth Year, which Governor’s Awards 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 took place in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Lansing.

“Historical resources and archaeological sites tell us about the past and help us define Michigan’s unique identity. Their preservation is critical to Michigan’s present and future because they contribute to vibrant communities and our understanding of the past,” he said Assistant Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes. “Each year during National Historic Preservation Month, the Governor’s Award program gives us the opportunity to recognize outstanding efforts in preserving historic sites across the state, which exemplifies the collaboration and profound impact that preservation is having in Michigan communities can. This year’s diverse group of awards has stimulated additional conservation activity and economic investment, and illustrated projects that represent conservation best practices.”

The 2022 Governor’s Award recipients are listed below. For full details and videos on each project, Visit here.

Relocation and redevelopment of the Orchard Beach State Park Shelter Building

Township of Manistee, County of Manistee

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

Moving a historic building is rarely the first choice, but sometimes circumstances necessitate such a decision. The carefully coordinated dynamic approach to relocating the Orchard Beach State Park Shelter away from the receding bluff of Lake Michigan embodies the progressive thinking required to ensure that humans and nature can continue to coexist into the future.

Redevelopment of the Crapo Building in The Legacy

Redevelopment of the Crapo Building in The Legacy

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

The redevelopment of the former Crapo Building at The Legacy allowed this prominent landmark to once again contribute to the vitality of downtown Bay City. It also serves as a home for new residents and is a striking example of Romanesque architecture.

    Redevelopment of the Thompson Block

Redevelopment of the Thompson Block

Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County

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

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

Collaborative effort to raise Fishtown

Collaborative effort to raise Fishtown

Leland, Leelanau County

Winners: Fishtown Preservation Society, Inc.; Biggs construction; Kasson contracting; Team Elmers; design studio Hopkins Burns; and Laurie Sommers Cultural Advisor

Creative decision-making brought together passionate partners to protect Fishtown, Michigan’s only remaining traditional fishing village, from rapidly changing water levels and demonstrate the benefits of intentional conservation collaboration.

Redevelopment of the Old-Merchants National Bank & Trust Building at The Milton

Redevelopment of the Old-Merchants National Bank & Trust Building at The Milton

Battle Creek, Calhoun County

Winner: MDH Development LLC; The Christian Company; integrated architecture; and Architecture + Design Inc.

The redevelopment of the Old-Merchants Bank and Trust Company building at The Milton allowed this Art Deco landmark to reinvigorate downtown Battle Creek and illustrates the possibilities of adaptive repurposing of large historic buildings.

    alpha house

Long-term management of Alpha House

Detroit, Wayne County

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

Alpha House has been carefully maintained as an anchor of the community and has earned the fraternity a Long-Term Stewardship Award. As 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 Theatre

Long-term director of the Kalamazoo State Theater

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County

Winners: Kalamazoo State Theater; and The Hinman Company

The Kalamazoo State Theater also received a Long-Term Stewardship Award. Strategic investment in the theater has created a major regional destination for entertainment and artistic programming while maintaining the unique character-defining architecture of the original 1927 design.

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

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


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