Case Studies

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    Examples of successful historic preservation projects from across Michigan

  • Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit PDF icon

    Closed and empty for more than twenty years, the Book Cadillac Hotel was rehabilitated in 2008 using historic preservation tax credits.  The project generated 3,952 jobs and had an total economic impact of more than $300 million.

  • Borden Creamery, Mount Pleasant PDF icon

    The Borden Creamery Building in Mount Pleasant had sat vacant since 1969.  Using historic preservation tax credits, the building was rehabilitated in 2009, and is now used as the offices of the City of Mount Pleasant.  The project had a total economic impact of more than $11 million, and created more than 120 jobs.

  • General Motors Technical Center, Warren PDF icon

    In 2005 General Motors completed a major rehabilittion of its Eero Saarinen-designed technical center.  The project had a total economic impact of more than $670 million and resulted in the creation of more than 7,800 jobs, and stands as one of the largest Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit projects undertaken.  The Technical Center is listed in the National Register of ...

  • Lansing Artillery National Guard Armory, Lansing PDF icon

    Following its decommission in 2008, the Lansing Artillery National Guard Armory was rehabilitated using historic preservation tax credits.  Non-historical features were removed, and replicated historical features were installed.  The building now functions as office space for nonprofit organizations.  The project resulted in a total economic impact of more than $8.6 million dollars ...

  • Masonic Temple Building and Adams Building, Sault Sainte Marie PDF icon

    Located on a promiment corner in Sault Sainte Marie, and just three blocks from the Soo Locks, the Masonic Temple and Adams buildings were sorely underutilized.  Using historic preservation tax credits and other incentives the buildings were rehabilitated into residential and commercial space.  The project had a total economic impact of more than $15 million and created over 170 jobs.

  • Odd Fellows Hall, Boyne City PDF icon

    Utilizing design assistance from the Michigan Main Street Program and SHPO's Main Street architect, the facade of the Odd Fellows Hall in Boyne City was rehabilitated in 2010, creating a significant visual impact and contributing to the renewed vitality of Boyne City's traditional commercial district.

  • Water Works Building, Boyne City PDF icon

    The Boyne City Water Works Building had been unused for thirty years until the city applied for a SHPO Certified Local Government grant in 2011.  This community landmark has been rehabilitated, and is again a working part of the the community's water system.