IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Historical Commission is bringing back an incentive to encourage homeowners to celebrate their home's history.
For the first time in some 20 years, the Commission will once again offer a Historical Dwellings Designation/Award for homes, businesses and churches that are 100 years old or more. They'll award anywhere from 1-3 plaques annually.
Longtime historical commission member Marilyn Swihart says they're reinstating the program in an effort to encourage community members to restore buildings.
"Previously there were 15 homes and churches that were given this designation and a bronze plaque affixed to the structure," Swihart says. "We are excited to be offering this program again."
Buildings submitted for consideration must be within the 48444 zip code; be at least 100 years old, and have been maintained or restored to period-appropriate appearance that reflects the age of the original structure.
A selection committee will be appointed by the historical commission board president each year. The three-member
committee will review
the applications and then make a recommendation
to the board for final
For an application or more information call Marilyn Swihart at 810-724-1111 or 724-1904. Applications will also be available at the museum from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday afternoons.
Dwellings that have received a bronze plaque Historical Dwellings Designation/Award include 540 S. Almont Ave.; 430 S. Almont Ave.; 240 N. Main St.; 165 N. Main St.; 270 North Almont Ave.; 275 Bancroft St.; 275 N. Main St.; 210 N. Almont Ave.; 404 N. Almont Ave.; 215 W. Sixth St.; 225 W. Fifth St.; 520 S. Almont Ave.; 250 Capac Rd.; 255 Belle River Ave. and 580 S. Almont Ave.
The Imlay City Historical Museum is located at 77 Main Street. The Museum is open every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. throughout the summer.
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.