The Grande Ballroom heads to D.C. and the National Register of Historic Places

The nomination of the Grande Ballroom to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) has been sent off to the National Parks Service in Washington, D.C. for final review and certification.

  • Thursday September 13th the City of Detroit Historic District Advisory Board (HDAB) approved and recommended the Grande to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
  • Friday September 14th Leo Early, representing the Friends of The Grande presented the nomination at the SHPO review board meeting. Public comment was received and a record number of letters and emails were summarized.

  • The SHPO board approved the Grande Ballroom at the local level of significance and has recommended the property to the NRHP for listing.

The final step is for the National Park Service to review the recommended nomination documents. Although the NPS reserves the right to request revision, it is unusual that they do. Certification and listing typically is accomplished within 45 days.

Friends of the Grande review memorabilia after the SHPO vote.

Rock palace Grande Ballroom on track for national historic registry

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.




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