Fishtown, Gibson Guitar Factory Designated Historic Sites

Fourteen historic properties in Michigan have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced.

The National Register of Historic Places, part of the National Parks Service, is the official list of U.S. federal government districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects considered worthy of preservation for their historic significance. The program is administered at the state level; here in Michigan it is managed by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Since the program began in 1966, more than 96,000 properties have been added to the registry nationwide, including nearly 2,000 in Michigan. Getting a historic designation can go a long way in protecting a building from insensitive alteration and even destruction.

“From Detroit to the Soo and from individual properties to complexes and historic districts, these historic properties tell the stories of our communities, our state and our nation,” said Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes. “They illustrate our shared history, foster a sense of pride in our communities, bring recognition to our historic places, and generate investment and economic activity.”

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