Historic architecture can be found throughout the State of Michigan. In both rural settings and urban areas, structures that reflect the past can be found. From the modest houses of early settlers to the elaborate mansions of the Victorian era, architecture has continually been influenced by economic conditions, social attitudes, popular fashion and ethnic building traditions. Even regional differences are present in architecture, such as the characteristic Michigan farmhouse.
Many of today's modern roadways were originally Native American trails and early pioneer roads. Because of this, older architecture is often located along state roads. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reviews all transportation project areas for the existence of significant historic architecture. MDOT works with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to identify and avoid adverse effects to historic architecture.
For more information on National Register properties contact the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office at 517-373-1630.