Historic District Commission
The purpose of the Historic District Commission is to safeguard the heritage of Farmington Hills by establishing and preserving districts in the City which reflect elements of the cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history; stabilize and improve property values in and adjacent to such districts; promote civic beautification of structures and lands within the historic districts for historic and cultural preservation; and promote the use of historic districts and local history for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City. There are 7 members appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month.
Over 70 properties and sites have been accepted, since the District was established in 1982, with the owners committed to maintaining the properties to the Standards outlined in the Ordinance.
For further information, please call the City Planning Dept (248) 871-2540.
Click on the links below for additional information on Farmington Hills Historic District.
Farmington Area Local History and Genealogy Resources
Farmington Hills Historic District Properties (the ‘Blue Book’) (9.5 MB)
Historic Districts Map
Application for Historic District Commission Review
Historic District Commission Ordinance (Chapter 15, Article 15)
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Historic District Commission Structures and Locations
Explore historic districts structures cataloged by the Farmington Hills Historic District Commission by clicking on the map image below.
In the News
Emily Helen Butterfield
Archinect News, a publication for architects and designers, featured an article about Emily Helen Butterfield, who was born on August 4, 1884, and was the first licensed woman architect in Michigan. She led the design of the Oaklands planned community in Farmington Hills and also designed many houses in the development. Click here to read the article.
A New Historic Marker Unveiled at the Henry C. Bach House
Click here to read the press release.
Guidelines for Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Structures
Interested in improving the energy efficiency of your historic home or building? You may want to check out the Guidelines for Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Structures document for some ideas on how to incorporate modern technologies with minimal impact on the historic aspects of your homes exterior.
Nearly 50 Preservation Briefs have been developed by the National Park Service to provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. Visit the National Park Service website.
Video on Demand - Farmington Hills Oral History with Alice Benson
1940 Aerial Photography Maps
Fly back in time and view the Cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills as they were in 1940 through aerial photography maps.
Depending on what device you are using to view this page, a clickable Historic Districts map may appear below. The average map size is 4.7 MB.