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Orchard Beach relocation project earns Governor's Award for Historic Preservation

One-story gray structure on bulldozed site, atop steep, brushy cliffside with orange, green and gold trees surrounding. Lake Michigan waves lap below

Moving 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 Lake Michigan bluff embodies the progressive thinking needed to ensure humans and nature can coexist long into the future – that effort was honored today with a Governor's Award for Historic Preservation during a ceremony in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Lansing.

Read the full news release.

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

Recipients of the award for the Orchard Beach State Park project include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division; the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Design and Construction; Hallack Contracting; GEI Consultants Inc.; Sanders & Czapski Associates, and Wolfe House Movers.

Get more background about the project, including photos and video.

DNR media contact: Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief, 517-243-1477