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Five historic preservation projects recognized with esteemed award

Media Contact: Misty Elliott
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April 18, 2018

LANSING, MICH. – The recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation brought vision, partnership and determination to five noteworthy historic structures in Michigan.

“Our historical structures and archaeological sites contribute to our economy and our identity as a state, and tell us and others who we are as a people,” said Gov. Snyder. “Each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, it’s important that we recognize the people and organizations who preserve Michigan’s important historic resources.”

Now in its 15th year, the award program was created by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA 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 would not succeed without collaboration, vision and the commitment of not only financial resources, but sweat equity and lots of energy,” said Earl Poleski, executive director at MSHDA. “Governor’s Award projects demonstrate the highest standards of preservation.”

The 2018 recipients are:

Home Renewal Systems, LLC; Community Action Alger Marquette; Barry J Polzin Architects, Inc.; Wolverine Building Group; North Coast Community Consultants, LLC and Scheuren & Associates, LLC for the rehabilitation of Holy Family Orphanage (The Grandview), Marquette

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association for long-term stewardship of four Lake Michigan light stations: Big Sable Point Light Station, Little Sable Point Light Station, Ludington North Breakwater Light, and White River Light Station

Strand Theater Manager LLC, West Construction Services, TDG Architects and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Strand Theater (Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts), Pontiac

Aparium Hotel Group; 21 Century Holdings, LLC; McIntosh Poris Associates; Simeone Deary Design Group; Sachse Construction; and Kraemer Design Group, PLC for the rehabilitation of the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters Building (Foundation Hotel), Detroit

4625 Second LLC, Quinn Evans Architects, Lowell Construction Management and McCleer Architetto for the rehabilitation of Forest Arms Apartments, Detroit

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda on May 1. To learn about previous Governor’s Awards recipients go to and click on SHPO Programs & Projects.