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See what Michigan sites are added to National Register of Historic Places

  • Michigan had 19 historic sites added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2023
  • Nearly 2,000 sites in the state have been included on the list since 1966
  • The State Historic Preservation Office will work to preserve those sites

A book store, a park and even a furniture building are among 19 places in Michigan newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2023. 

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. shared this week the sites that made the National Register of Historic Places, an official list of places, buildings, and even objects in the U.S. recognized by their historical significance and considered worthy of preservation.


In Michigan, the State Historic Preservation Office partners with developers and property owners to protect historical and archaeological sites. 

“These 19 historic properties listed in 2023 help to tell a more complete history at the local, state, and national levels,” said Ryan Schumaker, state historic preservation officer in a press statement. “Listing in the National Register not only provides a way to celebrate this important history, it also provides opportunities for economic investment in these properties and communities.” 

The 19 historical sites added in 2023 include:

City Property
AlpenaHerman and Hattie Besser House
Benton HarborEden Springs Park
BuchananClark Equipment Company Complex
DetroitFrances Harper Inn
DetroitSamuel D. Holcomb School
DetroitImmaculata High School and Convent
DetroitPittsburgh Plate Glass Company Detroit Warehouse
DetroitSaint Matthew Parish
DetroitVaughn's Book Store
Grand RapidsClipper Belt Lacer Company Complex
Grand RapidsIrving and Olive Crane Kendall Dean House
Grand RapidsSligh Furniture Company Building
Grosse PointeCadieux School
Grosse PointeGrace Ingersoll McGraw House
Lake and Holmes TownshipsAnaem Omot
LansingBarnes Avenue School
Northfield TownshipGroves Farm
SouthfieldJohn Grace School
WyandotteFirst Congregational Church

Since the National Register began in 1966, nearly 2,000 sites across the state are among 96,000 sites in the country deemed historic places.



"Each of these historic places is significant on its own, but what is all the more impressive is the story they tell together,” said Todd Walsh, State Historic Preservation Office national register coordinator, in a statement. ”Through these historic places – and so many others in our state – we can expand our understanding of where we call home as well as the stories, struggles, and accomplishments of those who came before us,”

For a property to be listed on the register, it must be at least 50 years old and have a significant relationship to major historical events or history in a community,  state, or county. The property should also be able to convey its historical significance.

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