Marker Awards

YHF Historic Marker

The Foundation is currently reviewing all of the Historic Building Markers in Ypsilanti. Stay tuned for an updated list of homes and public buildings that have earned this special merit.

Historic Structure Marker Award Criteria

Owners of houses or buildings that meet certain criteria are recognized for their efforts and Historic Building Markers are awarded in order to publicly identify buildings of special merit. You can nominate a home or building for this special award. Here are the criteria used by the committee:

  • The building is within the boundaries of the City of Ypsilanti
  • The building predates 1950 and has an identifiable architectural style
  • The building is well and appropriately maintained (maybe it has just been rehabilitated)
  • The grounds are maintained
  • If it is a rental property, the property has had appropriate maintenance for at least two years
  • The building has been developed sensitively

The following example gives an idea of what is meant by “appropriate maintenance”:

  • The siding on the building is what was originally intended or could have been used originally (vinyl siding on a 19th century building is never appropriate)
  • The windows are original or identical to the original in size and configuration
  • Porches, railings and steps are appropriate to the period and style of the building
  • Any additions are compatible

One-of-a-kind markers are possible in order to recognize the preservation and stabilization of a significant or high-profile building that has had a history of mistreatment. These will be selected after a case-by-case review.

If you would like to nominate a building for a Historic Marker designation, send a very brief description of the building and its address to the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation:

P.O. Box 980296
Ypsilanti, MI 48197