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T-Plex, Gordon Hall awarded $133,500 in historic preservation grants

Media Contact: Misty Elliott
517-335-9847 |

July 17, 2018

LANSING, MICH. – Two southeastern Michigan historical assets have been collectively awarded $133,500 in Certified Local Government (CLG) grants for preservation efforts.

Detroit’s Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, or T-Plex, is set to receive $58,500 to hire a professional contractor to rehabilitate section 3C of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant roof. This building, built in 1904, is the birthplace of the Ford Model T and now offers public tours.

Nearby in Washtenaw County, $75,000 will be used to hire a consultant that meets historic preservation qualification standards to prepare plans and specifications detailing the interior rehabilitation of Gordon Hall. Built in the early 1840s, this building was the private residence of Judge Samuel W. Dexter, a pioneering Michigan resident and land baron who had a significant impact on the early development of Washtenaw County and other parts of the state.

“Certified Local Governments are communities that have taken extra steps to preserve their historic properties,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “There are around 30 CLG communities in Michigan that benefit from public officials who view historic resources as assets and are committed to preserving them.”

CLGs are counties, townships or cities that partner with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to preserve their historic and cultural resources. These entities demonstrate ongoing commitment to historic preservation through the enactment of a historic preservation ordinance, the formation of a historic district commission, the ongoing survey and designation of properties, and public education.

The CLG grant program is intended to augment existing local financial support for historic preservation activities. Grants are awarded annually and must be matched with local funds. For more information on CLG funding, visit, click on Projects and Programs, then select Certified Local Government Program.