Michigan Heritage Home™ Program

Is your house more than 100 years old?

Would you like to celebrate that fact?

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The Michigan Heritage Home™ program recognizes houses that were constructed at least 100 years ago and are in substantially original condition. That designation comes with a handsome cast-aluminum plaque that lets everyone know that your home has its own rich heritage and historical significance. This distinguished plaque, authorized by the Historical Society of Michigan, will remind both new and longtime community members of your home’s contribution to your shared heritage.

The custom-made plaque displays the name of your home’s original owner and its year of construction, following in the tradition of similar designation programs such as the National Register of Historic Places. The 10- by 13-inch plaque is made of solid-cast aluminum in a Michigan foundry and is finished in dark brown with gold lettering and a gold border. The plaque comes with a recognition certificate suitable for framing.

Michigan Heritage Home Plaque Details

  • Total cost for a Michigan Heritage Home designation is $395*, plus sales tax and shipping and handling.
  • Each designation comes with a plaque and a certificate suitable for framing.
  • The sign displays the name of your home’s original owner and its year of construction.

To apply for a Michigan Heritage Home designation, please download and return the Michigan Heritage Home Application Form. To help you with our application, please download our FAQ.

Not sure where to start? Check out our Case Study Example and Research Guidelines.

Please contact us with any questions at awards@hsmichigan.org.

* The fee is fully refundable if the application is denied immediately following submission or if additional information requested by HSM is not available or supplied by the owner.  If, after this initial interaction, the application is ultimately denied due to lack of appropriate documentation, withdrawn by the applicant, or for any other reason half of the application fee will be refunded.


Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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