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12 distinctive places in Michigan listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2020

This included eight individual properties and four historic districts. That means more than 670 resources in Michigan were listed in the National Register.
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Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 12:54 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (MEDC/WLUC) - Twelve historic Michigan properties were given special recognition in 2020 through their listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced.

Administered by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the National Register of Historic Places is the United States federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.

“From Detroit to the Soo and from individual properties to commercial and residential historic districts, these historic properties tell the stories of our communities, our state, and our nation. They illustrate our shared history, foster a sense of pride in our communities, provide recognition of our historic places, and generate investment and economic activity,” said Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes. “SHPO is proud to join with so many people and communities across the state in celebrating a diverse group of properties that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan in 2020.”

More than 95,000 properties across the country, including nearly 2,000 in Michigan, have been listed in the National Register since the program began in the 1960s. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service and administered by the states.

To be considered for listing in the National Register, a property must generally be at least 50 years old, and must also be significant when evaluated in relationship to major historical events or trends in the history of their community, the state, or the nation. A property must also possess historic integrity – the ability to convey its significance.

Each nomination to the National Register is referred to as a “property,” whether it is a single structure or a historic district composed of hundreds of individual buildings. In 2020, eight individual properties and four historic districts totaling more than 670 resources in Michigan were listed in the National Register.

The following Michigan properties were listed in the National Register in 2020:

  • Alpena, Bingham School, Alpena County
  • Charlotte, Charlotte Central Historic District, Eaton County
  • Detroit, Great Lakes Manor, Wayne County
  • Detroit, Michigan Avenue Historic Commercial District
  • Detroit, Warren Motor Car Company Building
  • Grand Rapids, American Box Board Company Headquarters and Factory, Kent County
  • Ludington, Haskell Manufacturing Company Building, Mason County
  • Manistee, Guardian Angels Church, Manistee County
  • Park Township, Lakewood Farm, Ottawa County
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Historic Commercial District, Chippewa County
  • Southfield, Northland Gardens, Oakland County
  • Ypsilanti, Highland Cemetery, Washtenaw County

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