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VINTAGE POINT: Grand River, south side

This downtown Farmington postcard was taken in 1948 and mailed in 1951. The brick building with double front windows, still standing at the east side of The Village Mall on Grand River, was Mac’s Five and Dime. The little white … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Botsford Inn

Farmington Hills’ historic Botsford Inn was built in 1836. Henry Ford bought it in 1924 and moved it back from the road, where it still stands today, surrounded by the Beaumont Hospital complex at Grand River and Eight Mile. Historic … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Farmington State Savings Bank

Farmington State Savings Bank (now the Village Mall) opened at Grand River and Farmington Road on March 18, 1922. The lobby was marble and walnut, and the vault door weighed more than 10,000 pounds. See the then-and-now slider here. Historic … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Peoples State Bank

The Peoples State Bank at 33312 Grand River (now Edward Jones Investments) opened in 1918 and closed during the Depression. For years, it served as Farmington’s city hall. “The clerk’s office is in the Farmington State Bank, the treasurer’s office … Continue reading

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Six-month review: Looking forward

Preservation Farmington was launched six months ago today. It started last fall, when several of us on the Farmington Historical Commission resigned to speak out against new city plans that threatened our downtown’s historic character. Fans of Farmington history will … Continue reading

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Practical Preservation: Bringing Back Wood

Is your old house cold and drafty…but your utility bills make it look like you’re heating our Masonic Temple downtown? If so, read on. The next two Practical Preservation articles will focus on energy efficiency and the historic house. Today’s … Continue reading

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#SaveYourHD in the News

Note: As of 4/26/2016, the bill has been thrown out by the House Committee on Local Government. It may or may not be reassigned to another committee. We will continue to update this page as the issue plays out across … Continue reading

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JEOPARDIZED: Michigan Historic Districts Under Threat

Updated 4/26/2016 Good news! As of April 26, the House Committee on Local Government has tossed out HB 5232, the bill to stamp out historic districts across the state of Michigan. Representative Chatfield, the committee chair, has confirmed in a … Continue reading

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Practical Preservation: Preservation Applied Every Day

Today, we debut a new biweekly feature called Practical Preservation: Old house maintenance tips you can use, with a little education and some conservation thrown in. What does preservation actually mean? Merriam-Webster lists two simple definitions for the verb “preserve.” … Continue reading

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