LANSING, MICH. – Six Michigan preservation projects today were awarded Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation during a special ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at MSHDA.

“Historic structures and archaeological sites help to anchor our communities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “These projects contribute to our economy and strengthen the neighborhoods we call home. When we can educate people about our state’s unique past and inspire curiosity in new skills that could lead to job opportunities, we are helping to build a stronger Michigan.”

Now in its 16th year, the award program was created by SHPO to celebrate 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 our rich past.

“Each year during National Historic Preservation Month the Governor’s Award program gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank just some of the people responsible for preserving Michigan’s rich cultural heritage,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “The projects we recognize are a fraction of the work being done throughout the state to transform communities through the preservation of historic buildings and archaeological sites.”

National Historic Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help local preservation groups, historical societies, and communities promote historic places and heritage tourism and to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. This year’s award recipients spearheaded projects that saved special places, increased economic activity and continue to educate residents and visitors about Michigan’s history.

“From passionate homeowners to large collaborative projects, these recipients exemplify some of the highest standards of historic preservation,” said MSHDA Acting Executive Director Gary Heidel.

The 2019 Governor’s Award recipients are:

  • Mitchell Cobbs Building LLC and the city of Cadillac for the rehabilitation of the Cobbs and Mitchell Building, Cadillac
  • Roxbury Group, Artisan Contracting Co., Infuz Ltd. Architects and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Cadillac House, Lexington
  • Friends of the Capitol Theatre LLC, The Christman Company, and DLR Group for the rehabilitation of the Capitol Theatre, Flint
  • New GAR LLC, Integrity Building Group and Sachse Construction for the rehabilitation of the Grand Army of the Republic Building, Detroit
  • Tim and Kerry Bennett for the restoration of the Warner Historic Homestead and associated archaeological education program near Brighton
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network for its innovative Preservation Trades Programs, statewide

To learn about previous recipients of Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation, go to and click on SHPO Programs & Projects.