Preservation Farmington hosts workshop series

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.

Topics include:

Maria Taylor David Delind Johnna Balk Farmington City Council
Edward Beals House
The historic Edward Beals house (

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.

Detroit Urbanism

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.

24740 Taft - Hamilton
The home of Andrew and Wendy Mutch, a Sears “Hamilton” kit house. (

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

Downtown Farmington Christmas Eve 2017
Emily Butterfield with her father Wells Butterfield designed First United Methodist Church on Grand River in Farmington. (file photo)

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.

To learn more about the series, visit, follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter (@pres_farmington).

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