Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Photo Courtesy of Mike Kirk

 MHPN’s 29th Annual Fall Benefit

The Mercado & Plaza in Mexicantown

Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Mercado & Plaza
2826 Bagley Street, Mexicantown, Detroit

3:00-5:00 PM – Optional neighborhood and area bus tour
5:00-8:30 PM – Strolling dinner, complimentary beer &wine, auctions, awards ceremony

Would you like to be a Benefit Sponsor or donate an Auction Item? See below.

Dear Friend of Michigan Preservation:

We’re writing to invite you to be a Sponsor of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s 29th Annual Fall Benefit. 

We thank you for considering our request!

This year we’re at The Mercado & Plaza in Mexicantown from 5:00-8:30 PM on Sunday, October 15; a bus tour of its Southwest Detroit neighborhood is beforehand. Not everyone knows that Mexicantown boasts noteworthy urban design and contemporary buildings designed by Thomas Hoepf, Principal Design Architect with the nationally-recognized architectural firm of Teng & Associates when it was Chicago-based and began on the master plan in 2000. The Mercado is an historic building of the future. Come see it now!

You’ll receive recognition in our Benefit promotions, on the MHPN website and our other media platforms, in the evening’s print program and on signage, and in our Annual Report. You may want to be part of our complimentary Virtual Vendors’ Showcase that will run 24/7 from the time registration opens the first thing in August to when the event is over – we’ll send you more information about that.

Supporting the Benefit is a good investment in the MHPN’s promotion of preservation as a tool for economic revitalization in communities small and large. Addressing local preservation needs, growing our easement program and revolving fund, and serving as your legislative advocate are just a few of our efforts with an impact on you.

Please respond by Sunday, September 24, 11:59 PM.

Direct your questions to Janet – EMAIL: kregerj1981@att.net / PHONE: 734-222-9310 / FAX: 734-222-9311


Members and friends have gathered for over a quarter-century to spend an enjoyable fall evening at a significant venue and raise funds for the MHPN. Most often we are in historic Detroit buildings such as the Fisher Building, Masonic Temple, or the Charles Lang Freer House. Other years, we leave the Detroit area to see venues such as GM’s Factory One in Flint, Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, or the Pontiac Little Art Theater in Pontiac. On occasion, we are drawn to a great venue and setting of more contemporary design – an historic district of the future, if you will. That is the case this year in Mexicantown!

Food, 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.

Please join us!

The Mercado & Plaza in Mexicantown, Detroit, 2023 (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Davis)
Durant-Dort Factory One, Flint, 2022 (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Davis)
Masonic Temple, Detroit, 2018
2017 Benefit, Freer House, Detroit - Janice Varney, Stacy Tchorzynski - by SC
Charles Lang Freer House, 2017

MHPN Fall Benefit History