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Previously awarded Certified Local Government Grants (2003-present)

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) receives federal Historic Preservation Fund monies to operate the state's historic preservation programs. Each year 10 percent of the SHPO's federal grant is awarded to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). 

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In 2013, the State Historic Preservation Office awarded $106,200 in Certified Local Government grants to the following communities.

  • 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 June 2012, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects in their communities

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 May 2011, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects in their communities:

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 May 2010, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects in their communitites:

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 Judege 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 project. 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 June, 2009, the following CLG communities were notified regarding successful application for matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects.

City of Detroit - Repair and Stabilize the Belle Isle Aquarium Roof ($40,000) Declined by applicant 
The Belle Isle Aquarium was the inspiration of state Rep. David E. Heineman (1865-1935) that grew out of a visit he made to the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Naples, Italy, as a young man. Heineman was influenced by the Anton Dohrn Aquarium, and the trends of the City Beautiful Movement, including the positive effects that environmental improvement was believed to have upon social behavior.

Heineman introduced a bill to the Michigan Legislature in 1899 to build an aquarium and horticultural attraction in Detroit in Belle Isle Park. The bill passed and $150,000 was allocated to design, construct and stock an aquarium and attached horticultural building. Detroit architect Albert Kahn was selected to design the aquarium to work with natural elements including light, wind and space for overall functionality with emphasis on lighting of the basement and upper floor, and placement of the mechanics below ground or behind thick walls to facilitate a quiet, calm atmosphere in the public space.

When construction was completed the aquarium was stocked with multiple types of freshwater and saltwater fish, crustaceans and reptiles. The aquarium opened in 1904. The City of Detroit closed the Belle Isle Aquarium in 2003. 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 building served as a parish school for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, which burned in 1924 and was reconstructed in 1925. The parish and school later became known as St. Mary's. In 1988, St. Mary's constructed a new parish center, and no longer needed the building for religious education, and was purchased, then donated to CCA by Jeff and Kathleen Daniels. The former gymnasium serves as rehearsal space for the Purple Rose Theater, the CCA offices and music and arts program rooms occupy the main level, while a community preschool occupies the lower level. 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 May, 2008, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants 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 Kalamazoo Water Tower once served the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital and stands today as a landmark on the Kalamazoo horizon. Public outcry over a proposed demolition of the tower followed by a successful local fundraising effort led to a restoration of the tower in the late 1970s. Ownership of the tower was transferred to the Michigan Historical Center at that time. The center is working with the city of Kalamazoo and a newly formed nonprofit group, Friends of the Kalamazoo Water Tower, to once again ensure a secure future for the unique resource. 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 May, 2007, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants 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) 
Located in the heart of Menominee's Historic Downtown Waterfront District, the Menominee Opera House presents a grand late Victorian front to the street. Chicago architect George O. Garnsey designed the opera house, which opened in 1902 during Menominee's lumber boom. The Menominee community is excited about restoring the building. 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 Kalamazoo Water Tower once served the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The medieval-looking tower, designed by Detroit architect William B. Stratton, was built in 1895 and remains today as a community landmark. The city of Kalamazoo is interested in assisting efforts to ensure a secure future for the unique resource. 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) 
Historic buildings in downtown Lansing are being rehabilitated like never before. The city of Lansing wants investors to be able to use federal historic preservation tax credits to rehabilitate downtown historic buildings, so it will hire a consultant with the grant funds to survey the downtown area and prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. To be eligible for the tax credits a property must either be individually eligible or listed in the national register, or be included in a national register district. The district will include much of the area from Ionia to Lenawee Streets and from Towsend Street and Capitol Avneue to Grand Avenue.

City of Holland - Exterior Restoration and Stabilization Work on the Van Raalte Farm House ($11,700) 
The city of Holland purchased the historic 160-acre Van Raalte Farm in 1983. The farmhouse is one of the last structures remaining in Holland associated with the family of Holland founder the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte. Van Raalte purchased the farm in 1847 and gave the land to his son Benjamin when he returned from the Civil War. In 1989 eleven acres of the farm, including the original farmhouse and two barns built between 1865 and 1875, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With the CLG grant the city of Holland will stabilize the 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 April, 2006, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects:


City of Allegan - Regent Theatre Marquee Rehabilitation Project ($31,000) 
The historic Regent Theatre, located in downtown Allegan, opened in 1919 in what was formerly a late-19th-century livery. It originally showed not only movies, but also presented vaudeville acts on its stage. In the 1930s the Regent received an Art Deco facelift, including a façade with red and green lights and a neon-lit marquee. Today the Regent Theatre, which is owned by the city of Allegan, shows movies and holds special events such as the showing of classic silent films accompanied by live musicians; promoting economic downtown development by cross-promoting films with local merchants; and conducting an interactive "haunted theatre" on Halloween.

Over the years the marquee and its structural framing have deteriorated, causing concern that the marquee may have to be removed for the safety of those passing underneath it. 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 Building Arts Lab will augment Randolph's existing building arts program by providing in-school and on-site training in historic-preservation techniques and practices in the areas of painting and decorating, masonry, carpentry and computer-aided design. In addition to classroom instruction on proper historic-preservation methods, historic-preservation experts will be hired to demonstrate historic preservation techniques and to work sided-by-side with the students. Randolph is one of a small number of high schools in the nation to offer training in the building arts. 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. Additional funding from other sources will be sought to print the themed maps. The maps will be designed to be visually appealing to the general public and tourism organizations. A marketing plan will be implemented, including the preparation of press releases to area newspapers, radio stations and Web sites. Documentation or advertisements will be submitted to travel magazines, a link will be established to the HistWeb page from the state's tourism Web site (Travel Michigan) and one public outreach program will be held promoting the Heritage Tourism Maps.




In May, 2005, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants 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 May, 2004, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants to undertake historic preservation projects:


City of Allegan - Griswold Auditorium Restoration and Education Project ($45,000) 
The historic Griswold Auditorium built in 1929 is located in the Griswold Civic Center Historic District in heart of downtown Allegan on the Kalamazoo River. The 730-seat performance auditorium is a regional cultural and meeting facility used for a variety of events and gatherings serving Allegan county and surrounding communities. 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 May, 2003, the following CLG communities were awarded matching grants 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.

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