Jos. Campau Historic District Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced the addition of the Jos. Campau Historic District in Hamtramck to the National Register of Historic Places. The district was listed in the register on October 17, 2012.

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"The Jos. Campau district reflects Hamtramck's rich history as a Polish community that boomed following the construction of the Dodge Main automotive plant in 1914," said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. "By 1930 Hamtramck's population had reached 54,000, and 80 percent of the people were Polish. Jos. Campau was the main commercial artery in the community and includes a variety of intact historic buildings. We hope that national register designation will encourage property owners to rehabilitate their buildings by using the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits that are available for the rehabilitation of buildings listed in the national register," Conway said. The City of Hamtramck sought the designation in order to encourage investment in and rehabilitation of the buildings within the district.

The historic district includes 131 resources in an area of Jos. Campau bounded by Holbrook, Pulaski, Casmere and Lehman Streets.  Jos. Campau Street is a unique collection of buildings in southeast Michigan reflecting early 20th century commercial architecture.  Jos. Campau is entirely adjacent to a dense neighborhood of single-family homes having a strong, cultural community focus. This connection makes the district still viable today and it retains an atmosphere of a small town main street.

Michigan has more than 1600 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, including some 250 districts made up of more than 20,000 properties. The State Historic Preservation Review Board considers nominations to the register three times per year. The review board forwards nominations to the keeper of the National Register, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The State Historic Preservation Office coordinates the National Register Program in Michigan. For information on the National Register of Historic Places and other programs of the State Historic Preservation Office, visit www.michigan.gov/shpo or call (517) 373-1630.

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) , which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs.  If you believe you've been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

About MSHDA

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.

SOURCE Michigan State Housing Development Authority



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