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Chapman Pond, 1915

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Park Davis, 1915

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Elevator, 1998



To identify, evaluate and record historic resources for the purposes of creating a historic
district(s) in the City of Rochester, in compliance with preexisting state and federal guidelines.

-- Mission of the Rochester Historic District Study Committee


What is a Historic District Study Committee?

According to Michigan's Local Historic District Act, Public Act 169 of 1970, as amended, any time a local historic district is established, modified or eliminated the local unit of government with jurisdiction over the district must appoint a Historic District Study Committee.  The City Council appoints a Historic District Study Committee whose members are interested in or knowledgeable about historic preservation for the purpose of conducting a historic resource survey, identifying contributing and non-contributing resources within a proposed historic district(s).  Members do not have to reside in the City of Rochester and are appointed by the Rochester City Council.

What Does the Committee Do?

  • Conducts a photographic inventory of resources within each proposed historic district following procedures established by the State Historic Preservation Office;
  • Conducts basic research of each proposed district and the historic resources located within that district;
  • Determines the total number of historic and non-historic resources within a proposed district, and the percentage of historic resources of that total.  In evaluating the significance of historic resources, the committee shall be guided by the selection criteria for evaluation issued by the United States Secretary of Interior for inclusion of resources in the National Register of Historic Places, as set forth in 36 C.F.R. part 60, and criteria established or approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, if any;
  • Prepares a preliminary Historic District Study Committee report that addresses, at a minimum, all of the following: the charge of the committee; the composition of the committee membership; the historic district(s) studied; the boundaries for each proposed historic district in writing and on maps; the history of each proposed historic district; the significance of each district as a whole, as well as a sufficient number of its individual resources to fully represent the variety of resources found within the district, relative to the evaluation criteria.


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Photos are courtesy of the Ray Russell Postcard Collection
of the Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester Hills, Michigan
2001, Rochester Historical Commission, Rochester, Michigan