2012 Marker Awards

The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Marker Awards go to Commercial Buildings

Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30pm
Ladies’ Literary Club, 218 North Washington

The dinner is potluck.

Markers recognizing sensitivity to such preservation ethics as restoration, maintenance, and craftmanship don’t just go to old-house painted-lady Victorians.  Ypsilanti recognizes barns, garages, and out-buildings with marker awards. This year’s marker awards all go to commercial establishments who could more easily have moved their businesses to a pole barn out by the airport.

We’re awfully glad they didn’t.

With the exception of Michigan Ladder, which is still used for its original purpose, the other historic commercial structures are great examples of adaptive reuse, which is so critical to the preservation of historic structures.

Corner Brewery
770 Norris Street

Materials Unlimited
2 W. Michigan Avenue

MCRR Freighthouse
100 Rice Street

Michigan Ladder Company
12 E. Forest Avenue

Millworks Building/Ypsi Food Co-Op
312 N. River Street

Utilities Instrumentation Service
306 N. River Street

Ypsilanti Automotive History Museum
100 E. Cross Street