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.
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network joins
The Shelton family and Bank Suey team
to cordially invite you to the
22nd Annual MHPN Fall Benefit
held in Hamtramck’s unique downtown gathering and event space at
Saturday, October 1, 2016
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
10345 Joseph Campau Avenue (at Caniff Street)
Hamtramck, Michigan 48212
Registration: $100 per person
$75 for Students, Government Employees/Officials, Seniors (60+)
The evening includes strolling dinner fare and desserts from local Polish, Middle Eastern, and Indian restaurants, hosted bar for wine and beer, live and silent auctions, building tours, marketplace, and more!
Those registering for the Fall Benefit may add a complimentary walking tour of Hamtramck from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Capacity is limited to 25 guests. The 1.5 mile route is walked at a comfortable pace. Not all portions are barrier free. Comfortable shoes and rain gear (if needed) are recommended. The tour leaves from Bank Suey.
Dress is business casual for the entire evening.
About the MHPN’s Fall Benefit…
Members and friends of the MHPN have gathered for over 20 years to spend an enjoyable Fall evening at a significant historic venue and to raise funds for the organization. Most often we are in Detroit at buildings such as the Fisher, Grand Army of the Republic, or Guardian. This year takes us to Hamtramck!
We’re at a unique community venue…
Named for Colonel John Francis Hamtramck, the first American military commander of Detroit, Hamtramck became a two-square-mile city surrounded by Detroit. Eastern European immigrants settled in Detroit during the ‘teens and ‘twenties as the auto companies grew. Immigrating Poles gravitated to Hamtramck. By 1920, the city’s population reached 45,000 with Joseph Campau Avenue a thriving commercial thoroughfare flanked by working-class neighborhoods.
Growth of the auto industry spurred the local economy. George Kolowich had been employed in banking during the early 20th century. In 1918, he joined his father, Adolph Kolowich, to establish the Merchants & Mechanics Bank. By the early 1920s, they had built a grand, Classically-inspired bank on the Avenue at Caniff Street, a high-traffic corner known as the “Crossroads of Hamtramck.” The banking floor occupied the ground level; the second floor housed medical and dental offices.
The Great Depression forced the bank’s doors to close in 1930 thus ushering in a string of owners ending with Golden Hill Chop Suey (1988-2012). The out-migration of Poles to Oakland County in the 1980s and 1990s brought decline to the city, but resurgence began with waves of immigrants from Bosnia, the Ukraine, Yemen, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, along with a migration of American artists and other members of the creative class. Since the ‘nineties, the Muslin call to prayer has echoed in the streets, a counterpoint to the Polish Catholic Church bells. Today Hamtramck is one of Michigan’s most diverse and densely populated urban areas with 22,000 residents speaking 27 languages. The Shelton Family purchased the bank in 2014, rechristening it “Bank Suey.” They began its rehabilitation, their goal being to create a community gathering and event space that fills this key location in a new, economically vital way while bringing together Hamtramckans from all walks of life.
Here are the details you need…
You do not have to be a member to attend! RSVP by September 23, at 6 PM on-line using Eventbrite or by printing a registration form to mail or fax back. There is free on-street and municipal lot parking immediately around Bank Suey; Joseph Campeau is metered. See:
Full refunds are provided up to the RSVP deadline. The MHPN is a 501-c-3 organization; $50 of your registration fee is a gift supporting programs. The first floor of Bank Suey is barrier free; capacity is 150 guests. For questions,call 517-371-8080, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Bank Suey’s restoration and future plans, visit www.banksuey.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Read all about past Fall Benefit locations and press:
- 2015 Fall Benefit
- 2014 Fall Benefit
- 2014 MHPN Invitation
- 2012 Fall Benefit
- 2012 MHPN Invitation
- Curbed Detroit Party Coverage
- Mindfield Blog (including party photos)
- Michigan Architectural Foundation: An Architectural Ghost is Revived