Fall Benefit

Every year MHPN hosts a Fall Benefit in a unique and interesting historic site.  The events are typically in southeast or central Michigan, and always include a great time.  Past events have been held in a historic home in Lansing; at the Detroit Club, Detroit; the Municipal Building/Christman Building, Lansing; the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti; Harmonie Club/Virgil Carr Cultural Center in Detroit’s Paradise Valley.  Food, music,  both a silent and live auction, and a chance to network with preservationists from across the state make the event the place to be each fall.

The proceeds from the benefit and the auctions help to support the ongoing operations of our organization and help to facilitate preservation in Michigan.


Tibbits Opera House

20th Annual MHPN Fall Benefit at the
Spectacularly Restored Tibbits Opera House

 Saturday, October 11, 2014
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

14 South Hanchett Street
Coldwater, MI 49036

Cost: $100/person or $75/student or government employee
Take the Commuter Bus for just $38!
Tibbits_Bus_Route_MHPN_2_stops_(revised 9.15.2014)

Guided tours.  Beer, wine and light dinner fare.

Live and silent auctions


Fall Benefit tickets are $100 per person, or $75 for students and government employees; the commuter bus adds $38 per person round-trip. At least $50 of each ticket represents a gift in support of MHPN programming. The evening includes strolling dinner fare and dessert, a hosted beer and wine bar, tours, silent and live auctions, and more. The facility is barrier free although some portions visited during the tours are not. City parking is across the street and free. Dress is business attire.

Registration is Now Open!  Register online or print and mail or fax a hard copy registration form.

RSVP by Friday, October 3, at 6:00 PM on-line or by printing a registration form that you can mail, fax, or scan-and-email by that date. Also find information on the evening’s commuter bus. If registering with the commuter option, you must RSVP earlier by Friday, September 26, at 6:00 PM and indicate at which of the three stops – Northville, Ann Arbor, or Jackson – you would like to catch our 30-passenger bus. Full refunds are provided only up to the RSVP deadlines.

Why you’ll want to visit Coldwater

The Tibbits Opera House is a building with a story of stunning reclamation. Detroit architect Mortimer Smith designed the exquisite Second Empire façade of the Tibbits Opera House built in 1882. In the 1930s, the theatre had every shred of exterior 19th century detailing destroyed during its conversion into a “modern” Art Deco movie theater. Removal of the Deco façade in the 1960s and covering the original brick to conserve it until restoration funds could be raised, reduced the building to a characterless box whose importance to the community lay hidden. The Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. proposed in 1999 to have the theatre restored to its original grandeur. Funds were raised, scaffolding went up in February of 2012, and façade work was completed later in 2013.

You must see this transformation to fully appreciate what it means to Coldwater to have the Tibbits back!
For more information call 517-371-8080, or e-mail admin@mhpn.org.

Register to Ride the Commuter Bus to the Fall Benefit by
Friday, September 26!

If you are planning to attend the MHPN’s 20th Annual Fall Benefit AND want to ride the commuter bus, please remember that reservations must be received by Friday, September 26, 6:00 PM. See details above.

Fall Benefit to Showcase MHPN Awards presented to the Community of Coldwater and the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is honored to announce that two of its Historic Preservation Awards will be presented at the Fall Benefit.

The 2014 Community Award will be accepted on behalf of the Community of Coldwater for the restoration of the Tibbits Opera House. The second – the 2014 Leadership Award – is being awarded to the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance for its leadership in the protection and preservation of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Region.

If you would like to join the festivities and be in the audience for these presentations, please register for the Fall Benefit as described above.

Newly added…’Bring Your Own Hard Hat’ Tours at the Kerr Building precede the Fall Benefit

Before the doors to the Fall Benefit open, you’re invited to tour the Kerr Building, a great historic building project just footsteps from the Tibbits Opera House.

Join Owner and Developer: JMWingard, LLC, Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, and MHPN’s Historic Resource Council for 30-minute guided tours of a 19th-century downtown space with new commercial and residential uses. Tours are planned for 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30 PM; the final tour is for those riding the Fall Benefit commuter.

Reminders: You must wear appropriate footwear, i.e. no sandals, open toes, or heels. Hard hats are required too! Some extra hard hats will be on hand, but bring your own if possible. This project won’t be completed yet so it is not barrier free and may be dusty.

There is no charge but you must make a reservation. Contact Historic Resource Council Chair Karen Nagher at karenanne626@aol.com or 313-333-3832. She will confirm your timeslot and meeting point.

Be part of the MHPN Fun – Donate to the Silent Auction!






Read all about past Fall Benefit locations and press:

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On Youtube