Leland’s Fishtown among 14 Michigan sites named to the National Historic Register in 2022

Fourteen Michigan historic properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2022, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

Properties awarded this special recognition range from the historic commercial fishing village of Leland known as Fishtown to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed neighborhood in Kalamazoo.

The National Register of Historic Places is the United States federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.

The Fishtown Historic District, the site of a rare Great Lakes commercial fishing village in northwest Lower Michigan, has been recognized by the Registry as more than individual structures, but also as an authentic cultural landscape.

“Fishtown is more than a series of buildings, it’s a functioning waterfront that also helps preserve a way of life that has been an integral part of this community for over 170 years,” said Amanda Holmes, executive director of Fishtown Preservation Society. “Much of preservation is only about structures and not about traditional culture, working lives, activities. Hopefully we can help pave the way for this stuff to be valued in other places.

A residential subdivision named Parkwyn Village in Kalamazoo was also listed in Michigan’s National Registry Property Class 2022. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947, the subdivision is considered an excellent example of post-war co-op housing and is home to a number of Wright-designed and Wright-inspired homes.

“The recognition of Parkwyn Village as a National Historic Resource is a tribute to all who have considered its ideals worthy of preservation since its founding 75 years ago. They believed not only in its free-form layout with green space and distinctive individual home design, but also in ideals of communion with nature and non-discriminatory housing,” said the President of the Parkwyn Village Homeowners Association, The Tungs.

The list of Michigan properties newly added to the registry in 2022 includes:

Walbri Hall in Bloomfield Hills

Elijah Bull House in Bloomfield Township

Luther Burbank Elementary School in Detroit

Most Venerable Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan in Detroit

Motherhouse complex of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Dominic in Grand Rapids

Iron Mountain Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital at Iron Mountain

Parkwyn Village in Kalamazoo

Gibson Inc. Plant and office building in Kalamazoo

Fishtown Historic District in Leland Township

Michigan Central Railroad Middleville Depot in Middleville

Nathan Esek and Sarah Emergene Sutton House in Northfield Township

Elmer R. Webster School of Pontiac

Garfield School in Sault Ste. Married

Vicksburg Historic District in Vicksburg

More than 95,000 properties across the country, including nearly 2,000 in Michigan, have been listed on the National Registry since the program began in the 1960s. The National Registry is a program of the National Park Service and is administered by the states.

To be considered for listing on the National Register, a property must generally be at least 50 years old and must also be significant when assessed against major historical events or trends in the history of its community, the state or nation. A property must also possess historic integrity, that is, the ability to convey its significance.

For more information on Michigan’s National Register of Historic Places program and how to designate a property, visit michigan.gov/nrhp.

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