Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brian Persky, Executive Director Contact: Bruce Monroe
Three Rivers DDA/Main Street (269) 615-4219
(269) 535-5145 email@example.com
Contact: Debra Ball Johnson, AIA, Design Specialist
MSHDA/Michigan Main Street
State Historic Preservation Office
MMS design service awarded to oldest contributing building in Three Rivers, will undergo renovations next spring
Renderings of 39-43 N. Main
Three Rivers, MI– The Michigan Main Street Center has awarded its third and final Design Assistance service of the 2015 fiscal year to Bruce Monroe, property owner of the “Kelsey Block” at 39-43 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Three Rivers.
As a part of the service, Monroe received an on-site consultation with Michigan Main Street Design Specialist Debra Johnson, as well as a written report with proposed façade drawings, paint samples, historic photos, a maintenance schedule, and other additional resources that will assist in making improvements to the building.
“While we had a good overview of what our building required in terms of repair, refreshing and otherwise updating in concert with historical rehab guidelines and preferred practices, the Michigan Main Street Center provided insight and direction in very specific detail to guide our restoration process,” Monroe said.
Monroe applied for the Design Services this past summer. His application was unanimously approved by the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Design Committee, receiving highest marks on significance, implementation, visibility, appropriateness, and simplicity.
“Our DDA and the Michigan Main Street Center were very supportive,” Monroe added.
“While we have had experience working on historic buildings in the past, the availability of expertise beyond our own experiences was helpful and appreciated.”
The Kelsey Block is the oldest contributing building in the Downtown Three Rivers Commercial Historic District, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The nomination for the listing states the building was built in 1854 and is described as a three-story, nine-bay wide, Victorian Italianate block.
The proposed designs also conform to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as developed by the National Park Service. These standards provide guidance that allows for alterations of buildings while preserving its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity.
Following these standards and using the approved Design Services provided by the Michigan Main Street Center, Monroe is also able to apply for additional funding through incentive programs such as façade grants and federal historic tax credits.
Monroe says they will use the remainder of the year to finalize renovation plans, and hope to begin work on the building in the spring of 2016. Preliminary plans include re-pointing and masonry work, painting, awning treatments, and interior remodeling.
Modern Day “Kelsey Block” (39-43 N. Main)