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. 

Historic Districs Story Map

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

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.

Preservation Briefs

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.

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9 Section 10 Section 11 Section 12 Section 13 Section 14 Section 15 Section 16 Section 17 Section 18 Section 19 Section 20 Section 21 Section 22 Section 23 Section 24 Section 25 Section 26 Section 27 Section 28 Section 29 Section 30 Section 31 Section 32 Section 33 Section 34 Section 35 Section 36Map of Farmington Hills sectioned off by numbers 1 - 36.