Meeting Schedule: 1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall
City Staff Liaison: Erica Eklov (269) 329-4400
This nine-member commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties. In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to homes within the Portage Historic District.
**15th Annual Preservation Celebration**
Where: City Hall (7900 S. Westnedge Avenue)
When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
How: Free and open to the public (donations are greatly appreciated). Light refreshments will be served.
The Portage Historic District Commission (PHDC)
will be hosting a community event to celebrate May as National
Preservation Month. The 15th Annual Celebration will focus on preserving Portage’s remaining agricultural features from its rural beginnings. To highlight this theme, the PHDC is excited to welcome Steve Stier as this year’s featured speaker. Steve holds a degree in industrial arts education from Western Michigan University and masters degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He is a licensed builder with a focus on historic preservation, including knowledge as a barn wright, and a preservation consulting business “RE:Construction.”
Steve has worked in several museums, including Michigan State University Museum where he is appointed as a research associate for traditional building craft. He also likes to educate others about preservation, establishing the historic trades program at Randolph Career and Technical Center in Detroit. As a long-term member of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), he developed the network’s window rehabilitation training series, which has been featured in Kalamazoo. He also serves as adjunct faculty with EMU's Historic Preservation Program and was the preservation instructor for the restoration of the historic Goffar Barn in the Port Oneida Historic District of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. His work as a preservation advocate and educator earned him the 2015 Michigan Heritage Award.
(Biography Credit: Micah Ling and Marsha MacDowell, 2015 Michigan State University)
Portage and Its Past by Grace J. Potts - Digital Format
First published in 1976 by Portage Public Schools and the Portage Library, Ms. Potts’ Portage and Its Past is one of the first comprehensive histories written about the area. The book also features drawings by Derek Rexton Rainey and photographs by Paul Butch. The HDC was able to duplicate the book with the support and collaboration of Portage Public Schools.
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part one)
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part two)
Portage and Its Past (PDF File - part three)
PHDC Trading Card Program
The PHDC Trading Card Program involves a series of 9 handheld cards, each highlighting a select property from the 40 existing historic sites in Portage.
Springing from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2013 theme “See! Save! Celebrate!” the goal is to shine a spotlight on Portage’s distinct historic places through encouraging people to see these places, work to save them for future generations, and celebrate their vital role in the community. Portage’s historic properties illustrate the city’s early beginnings, highlighting the journey from township to 50 years as a city.
The cards are available to collect for $1.00 per series and can be purchased at the following locations, while supplies last:
- Portage City Hall
- Byce & Associates Offices (487 Portage Street, Kalamazoo)
The Commission also promotes Where the Trails Crossed. The 67-page full color book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest properties in the City of Portage. Where the Trails Crossed is available at Portage City Hall for $5.
HDC Meetings and Minutes