The National Register of Historic Places in Michigan
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. In Michigan, the State Historic Preservation Office administers the program. Michigan boasts over one thousand National Register-listed sites, including such diverse historic properties as houses, commercial and residential areas, farm and factory complexes, cemeteries and parks, monuments, ships and shipwreck sites.
The National Register is more than a list of resources that have been researched and documented as significant to the nation, state or community. The register is a tool for preserving historic properties. Listed properties are given special consideration when the federal government is planning or giving aid to projects. Listing gives private citizens and public officials credibility when attempting to protect these resources. Listing in the National Register, however, does not prevent a private citizen from altering, managing or disposing of the property.
Is My Property Eligible for Listing in the National Register?
Submitting a National Register of Historic Places Preliminary Questionnaire (see below) is the first step in nominating a property to the National Register. State Historic Preservation Office staff members will provide an opinion about the property's eligibility on the basis of the information provided by the applicant. Please read the questionnaire instructions before submitting the form.
Forms, Instructions, and Other Information
- Listing Property in the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan: The Process & Requirements
- National Register of Historic Places Preliminary Questionnaire
- So You Want to List Your Downtown?
- Historian/Architectural Historian Consultant List
For National Register of Historic Places nomination forms, federal instructions and further guidance (photographs, mapping, etc), results of listing in the National Register, information on tax benefits, and the rights of owners during the designation process, please visit the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places website.
National Register Coordinator
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
702 West Kalamazoo Street
PO Box 30740
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8240