Farmington Hills to unveil new historical home markers

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The City of Farmington Hills Historic District Commission (HDC) will unveil new markers that identify two historic homes during separate ceremonies this year.

William Gates House Farmington Hills
William Gates House (City of Farmington Hills)

The first will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the William Gates House in Historic District #314, 36130 Grand River. To attend the unveiling, contact HDC Staff Liaison Angeline Lawrence at alawrence@fhgov.com or 248-871-2553 by May 31.

The Gates House is a simple farmhouse once owned by William Gates, who was born in Ovid, New York in 1844 and moved to Farmington in 1862. He was the twelfth owner of the property and added Craftsman-style additions to the house after 1893. Today, the structure is utilized as office space and is part of the Muirwood Reserve Apartments owned by Beztak Properties.

A second marker, slated for installation later this year, will be located at the Addis Emmett Green House, located in Historic District #212, 38201 W. 14 Mile Rd.

The City has 74 designated historic districts with markers that provide a glimpse of the property’s history. The cast aluminum green markers are available to owners of local or state designated historic properties. Cost is approximately $600 for property owners, with the City of Farmington Hills paying the balance. The signs are installed and maintained by the Historic District Commission.