Preservation Farmington, a community advocacy group dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic architecture of downtown Farmington, will host a series lectures beginning later this month.
Researching Your Historic House: Focus on Farmington and the Hills – February 27, 7 p.m., Historic Oakewood Cottage, 31805 Bond Boulevard, Farmington Hills
This updated program on historic house research will focus on resources in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area, but the research techniques presented can be used in any locale. The presentation concludes with a tour of the historic cottage, also known as the Edward Beals house.
How Farmington & Farmington Hills Got Their Shapes – March 27, 7 p.m., Farmington Heritage and History Museum, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. in Farmington Hills
Paul Sewick, author of the Detroit Urbanism blog, writes about the history of land development in Metro Detroit. In this talk, Sewick explores the history of how the borders of Farmington and Farmington Hills came to be. You will learn about the 1817 government survey that led to our “mile road” system, annexation battles between city and township, proposed cities that never came to be, and the possibility of future consolidation.
Kit House Hunters 2.0 – April 27, 7 p.m., location to be determined
Wendy and Andrew Mutch, kit house hunters, have since their last lecture been featured on NBC Nightly News. Learn more about them at kithousehunters.com.
The Contributions of Emily Butterfield to the Architectural Landscape – Fall 2018
Delve into the life of Emily Butterfield, graduate of the Syracuse University school of architecture and the first female architect of Michigan. Butterfield, a Farmington native, was a dynamic woman with an artistic bent who was an early activist of the women’s movement. Join Jena Stacey as we explore this fascinating woman and her architecture.