Design Services

TakeMeToHart Design Services: Michigan Main Street Communities receive design training and consultation services by the State Historic Preservation Office to help maintain and enhance the communities’ historic integrity.

There are three types of design assistance available:

Preservation & Design Consultation
Short-term maintenance and repair needs
Historically-sensitive design solutions
Paint colors, awnings, and signage
Deliverables: a quick sketch, paint samples, etc.
Limit: Unlimited

Design Services
Short and long-term façade improvements
Major and minor repair needs
Paint colors, awning, signage, and lighting options
Deliverables: Schematic color façade drawing, paint samples, example photos, and technical or supplemental information to support drawing recommendations.
Limit: 3 per year

Historic Tax Credit Assistance
Interview with SHPO architect to discuss the feasibility of utilizing tax credits, the application process, potential design concerns, and financing/budget factors.