Sites added to National Register

From Michigan’s Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced the Williamston Downtown Historic District and the Hanover High School Complex among seven properties and historic districts recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's list of historic and archaeological sites worthy of preservation.

“The listing of the Williamston Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places will provide opportunities for property owners to use federal historic preservation tax credits for rehabilitating their buildings,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “Hanover High School, which is home to the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society, is a landmark building in that town. The preservation of these historic buildings preserves community identity. By rehabilitating and reusing these structures - whether as commercial buildings, as residences, or as museums - we revitalize our communities without destroying what makes each one unique.”

The most recent listings include:

Center Avenue Neighborhood Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation) - Bay City

Upper Twin Falls Bridge - over the Menominee River, Breitung Township, Dickinson County, Michigan, and the Town of Florence, Florence County, Wisconsin

Williamston Downtown Historic District - Williamston, Ingham County

Hanover High School Complex, Jackson County

Benjamin and Maria (Ogden) Drake Farmstead - Oshtemo Charter Township, Kalamazoo vicinity, Kalamazoo County

Grand Rapids Storage and Van Company Building - 1415 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, Kent County

Boyne City Central Historic District - Boyne City, Charlevoix County

In addition to the seven new listings, the Grand Circus Park Historic District designation was updated to provide for buildings built or renovated during the period 1930 to 1962. This will allow for the preservation of structures representing significant Modern design.

 Michigan has more than 1,600 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, including some 250 districts made up of more than 20,000 properties. The State Historic Preservation Review Board considers nominations to the register three times a year, then forwards nominations to the keeper of the National Register, National Park Ser-
vice, U.S. Department of the Interior. The State Historic Preservation Office coordinates the National Register Program in Michigan. For information on the National Register of Historic Places and other programs of the State Historic Preservation Office, visit www.michigan.gov/shpo or call 517-373-1630.