Six Michigan projects earn 2017 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation

LANSING, MICH. – Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Earl Poleski today announced the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation.

“Historic preservation and the protection of our cultural resources is vital to our economic development, our sense of place, and our identity as Michiganders,” Gov. Snyder said. “Each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, we recognize the people and organizations who preserve Michigan’s historic buildings and archaeological sites.”

Milan’s Main Street has been transformed by David Snyder and Wabash and Main LLC. Snyder invested in four buildings on a single block that had deteriorated for years and in some cases were vacant for a decade. He and his partners stabilized the buildings, revealed the historic facades, repaired masonry and created apartments and retail space. Their work, which represents a $5.2 million investment, changed the face of downtown.

“The East Main Redevelopment is a truly remarkable project that speaks volumes about Milan’s burgeoning capacity for economic growth and cultural expression,” Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, said. “The restoration and renovation of these four buildings will bring residents and businesses downtown, contributing to the long-term future of the community.”

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s unique character and the many archaeological sites and historic structures that document Michigan’s rich past.

“These projects result from collaboration, creativity, investment of time, energy and money, and they represent just a few of the great preservation projects taking place throughout Michigan,” Poleski said. “The thing these projects have in common is vision: a vision for the future that includes cultural resources. We are pleased to recognize their excellent work.”

The 2017 recipients are:

  • Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, McBride Construction, Inc. and Garon Gopigian for the restoration of the James and Jean Douglas House, Harbor Springs
  • LC Consultants LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Rockford Construction, Inc; Nehil-Sivak Structural Engineers; and Past Perfect Inc. for the rehabilitation of Century Furniture Co. and Central Furniture Co./H. E. Shaw Furniture, Grand Rapids
  • Michigan State University Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University Office of the President, and the Michigan State University Department of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities for the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, East Lansing
  • LC Consultants LLC; Concept Design Studio, Inc.; Wolverine Building Group; and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Peoples National Bank Building, Jackson
  • Wabash & Main LLC, Kincaid Henry Building Group, and Kraemer Design Group for the East Main Redevelopment, Milan
  • McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.; Midtown Detroit, Inc.; Hamilton Anderson Associates and The Monahan Co. for the rehabilitation of Strathmore Apartments, Detroit

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda on May 2. To learn about previous Governor’s Awards recipients go to, click on SHPO Programs & Projects.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs.  If you believe you’ve been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.


The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.


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