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Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission (HDC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Mt. Pleasant Historic District Commission (HDC) is to safeguard the heritage of the City of Mt. Pleasant by preserving one or more districts which reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history. The Historic District Commission will also preserve historic landmarks in the City; stabilize and improve property values in such districts; foster civic beauty; strengthen the local economy; and promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City.

Historic Preservation Awards

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old and improvements must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Details can be found at https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm. Winners will be announced on May 13 as part of National Historic Preservation month. .

Nominations for Historic Preservation Improvement Awards are due March 31, 2019.

To make a nomination, complete the Historic Preservation Improvement Award Nomination Form found here, and submit by the deadline to:

City of Mt. Pleasant
Attention Michelle Sponseller
320 West Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District
(Click here to see a map of the Downtown Historic District Boundary)

The Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District, roughly bounded by Mosher, Franklin, Illinois and Washington Streets, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 2014 by the National Park Service. The Downtown Mt. Pleasant Historic District is the heart of the city's central business and civic district and contains the earliest part of Mt. Pleasant’s growth. It retains a high concentration of properties that represent the commercial, cultural and governmental development of Mt. Pleasant from the late 19th-century to the present day. The buildings within the district includes 19th-and-20th-century brick commercial buildings with commercial storefronts composed of cast iron, brick, wood and glass, as well as notable examples of civic architecture. The district is composed of 46 buildings and other historic resources encompassing approximately eight blocks.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect the country’s historic and archaeological resources. Listing on the National Register affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate restoration and preservation. Properties may also be eligible for federal tax benefits for rehabilitation work. Visit www.nps.gov/nr/ to learn more about the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to read the Downtown Mt. Pleasant National Register of Historic Places nomination.

Current Members of the Historic District Commission
  • Lara Raisanen, Chair (12/31/19)
  • Julie Taylor, Vice Chair (12/31/21)
  • George Ronan (12/31/19)
  • Anne Swift (12/31/19)
  • Candace Johnson (12/31/2020)
  • Colleen Schoenfeld (12/31/2020)
  • Gary Mark (12/31/21)
Historic District Commission Meetings

2nd Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 5:00pm in conference room E at City Hall (lower level)

**Due to weather, the February meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for March 12, 2019 at 5:00pm.**

For more information contact Michelle Sponseller, staff liaison to the Historic District Commission, at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org