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Detroit Historic Preservation

Here’s what we know about Ford’s move to Detroit

News about Ford’s acquisition of Michigan Central Station and its Detroit campus is coming in fast. Here’s what we know so far.

Train station news shows how historic preservation can be a game-changer for Michigan

Since it opened in 1913, Michigan Central Station has often been the way Detroit made its first impression.

Historic United Sound System Recording Studios lists for $1.5M

Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, the MC5, and Charlie Parker all recorded here.

Historic Hamtramck Stadium snags major sponsorship

Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium has landed a $20,000 sponsorship from Comerica Bank. The historic Negro League stadium is currently in redevelopment.

Corktown Neighborhood Tour includes new businesses, restored Victorian gem

This year’s tour features the new ballpark, Happier Camper, and this once-doomed, now restored beauty.

When the Mackenzie House moves, where will its tenants land?

Preservation Detroit has been located in the house for over 40 years and recently received notice that they’re lease is up, with no plans finalized after the house is moved.

Preservation Detroit to host a Historic District Town Hall

Attendees will learn more about making exterior improvements to historic buildings and homes and finding affordable resources for these improvements.

The Park Avenue Building is falling apart

Bricks are falling from the facade on this Grand Circus Park building.

A cornice is back on the Grinnell Building after 60 years

Removed in 1958, it was once called "perhaps Detroit’s most tragic example of a cornice destroyed in that year."

1950 Lustron house finds preservationist owner

This prefab steel home from 1950 found a new owner with deep Detroit roots and a preservation background.

The historic David Mackenzie House could be on the move

WSU’s expansion plans for the Hilberry Theatre involve moving this historic home.

Living Trades Academy, a restoration job training program, launches in the North End

An old church and a North End home will be used as learning labs for the pilot job training program through the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

Facade of abandoned Greek Revival home stolen, then found at antique shop

Neighbors noticed the facade of this abandoned Piety Hill home was missing. It was then found at a local antique store.

Historic vineyard caretaker home in Farmington Hills asks $210K

New program teaches skilled building trades to Detroiters

The Living Trades Academy officially launched this week, which trains Detroiters in skilled trades needed to rehab old buildings.

What’s next for Hamtramck Stadium?

Pre-development work continues at one of the last remaining Negro League baseball parks in the country.

The leveling of Cass Corridor and Foxtown

Using Google Street View, we tracked many buildings demolished for surface parking lots over the last decade.

Photos: Preservationists rally to save Cass Corridor from more parking lots

Dozens of protesters lined Woodward on Saturday as more buildings are threatened with demolition.

Save this 1890 Farmington barn, yours if you move it

If you’re looking for an old barn, and you can move it before a steakhouse is built there, it’s yours.

Protest planned against more Cass Corridor surface parking

A rally will be held on Saturday as preservationists fear more buildings could be torn down in favor of surface parking.

Damaged steeple at Fort Street Presbyterian Church to undergo repairs

The spire has been askew since a big windstorm in March 2017.

Are the Woodstock Apartments next in line for demo?

These 1914 Cass Corridor buildings could end up flattened for another parking lot.

Public hearing for proposed Cass-Henry Historic District scheduled for this week [updated]

The district includes many older apartments buildings near the Little Caesars Arena.

Learn restoration techniques at Clara and Henry Ford’s Fair Lane

Historic Surfaces LLC will lead two upcoming workshops on paint stripping and refinishing woodwork, along with tours of the restoration work at the historic estate.

45 small ways to make Detroit a better place

Here are the best ways to get involved and volunteer around Detroit.

Report: Can reusing Detroit’s older buildings help citywide revitalization?

A new report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation points out barriers and strategies in rehabbing Detroit’s stock of older buildings.

First Congregational Church seeks $2M for restoration work

The historic church was badly damaged this summer and hopes to raise the needed funds to restore the facade, interior plaster, and some windows.

Inside the Schvitz, undergoing renovations in the North End

The 1930 urban health club and bath house has a storied past and a future that aims to return to its restorative roots.

Can the National Theatre be saved? [updated]

Bedrock plans on using the facade in its Monroe Block development. Preservationists are fighting to save the historic theatre.

Vacant Detroit storefront to be transformed into community space

The 6 Mile building is in the running for funding through the Vote Your Main Street national contest. Voting runs through October 31.

Once headed for demo, the Park Avenue Building lists for sale

The building along Grand Circus Park has been in rough shape and faced demolition a few years ago.

Demo watch: 136-year-old home near arena comes down, 1870 building may be next

The house next to the $5M holdout house is currently being demolished, while two old buildings behind the Fillmore could face a similar fate soon.

Learn preservation techniques, volunteer at Historic Fort Wayne

The HOPE Crew Community Day on September 10 will allow volunteers hands-on opportunities to learn preservation skills at this historic site.

Preservationists rally around threatened Cass Corridor buildings

The fate of these early 20th century buildings, which are owned by Olympia, is still up in the air.

Are these Cass Corridor buildings still facing demo? [updated]

The Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments hold an interim Historic Designation, but demo could be imminent. A demonstration is planned for noon on Thursday, August 24.

Hamtramck Stadium takes next step in preservation and restoration

The City of Hamtramck has released an RFP seeking a design and planning team for pre-development work to restore the historic Negro League stadium.

Church kicks off crowdfunding campaign to save historic spires

A crowdfunding campaign has kicked off to raise $2.1 million to save and repair the spires atop the Sweetest Heart of Mary church.

Living Trades Academy aims to train more skilled workers in restoring homes

The pilot program through the Michigan Historic Preservation Network will train participants in historic restoration while rehabbing a vacant home.

Interim historic designation approved for Cass Corridor buildings

City Council approved an interim historic designation for the Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments, which were threatened with demolition.