Michigan's National Historic Landmarks

Mackinac Tourism Bureau

Mackinac Island, National Historic Landmark designated, 1966
Photo courtesy Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

A National Historic Landmark is a historic building, site, structure, object, or district that represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  Today, fewer than 2,600 historic places bear this national distinction. In Michigan, 42 sites have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. Many are popular tourist destinations; others are less well known. Explore Michigan’s National Historic Landmarks below, then plan your own trip to discover their contributions to history!

Note that National Historic Landmarks are owned by both public and private entities, so not all NHLs are publicly accessible.

Notable National Historic Landmarks

Alden B. Dow House, Midland

Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills

General Motors Technical Center, Warren

Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum , Dearborn

Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Guardian Building, Detroit

Marshall Historic District, Marshall

McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Detroit

Michigan State Capitol, Lansing

S.S. Badger, Ludington

St. Mary's Falls Ship Canal/Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie (USACE photo)

Michigan's 42 Landmarks


Michigan Map


Region 1:

Calumet Historic District, Calumet
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Historic District, Mackinac Island
Quincy Mining Company Historic District, Hancock
St. Ignace Mission, St. Ignace
St. Mary's Falls Ship Canal/Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie

Region 2:

Bay View Association, Bay View
Ernest Hemingway Cottage, Resort Township
Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City
North Manitou Lifesaving Station, North Manitou Island
City of Milwaukee, Manistee

Region 4:

Badger, Ludington
Milwaukee Clipper, Muskegon
Norton Mound Group, Kent County
U.S.S. Silversides, Muskegon

Region 5:

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, Midland
Herbert H. Dow House, Midland
U.S.S. Edson, Bay City

Region 6:

Durant-Dort Carriage Company Office, Flint
Huron, Lightship No. 103, Port Huron
St. Clair River Tunnel, Port Huron

Region 7:

Michigan State Capitol, Lansing

Region 8:

Marshall Historic Landmark District, Marshall

Region 10:

Columbia, Ecorse
Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills
Detroit Industry Murals, Detroit
Fair Lane Estate, Dearborn
Fisher Building, Detroit
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit
Ford River Rouge Complex, Dearborn
Fox Theatre, Detroit
General Motors Building, Detroit
General Motors Technical Center, Warren
Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn
Guardian Building, Detroit
Highland Park Ford Plant, Highland Park
Lafayette Park, Detroit
McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Detroit
Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester
Parke-Davis Research Laboratory, Detroit
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit
Ste. Claire, Detroit