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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.

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network cordially invites you to the

25th Annual MHPN Fall Benefit
held in historic downtown Pontiac’s unique gathering and event space 

The Pontiac Little Art Theatre

-aka “The Plat” 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
47 North Saginaw Street
Pontiac, Michigan 48342

RSVP by Friday, September 20, 2019 6 PM
Capacity is 110 guests

Register online using Eventbrite or print a Registration Form to mail or fax back!

The evening includes light dinner fare and beverages, hosted bar for wine and beer, live and silent auctions, tours, marketplace, and more!

Registration:    $100 per person

$75 for Students, Government Employees/Officials, Seniors (60+)

About the MHPN’s Fall Benefit

Members and friends of the MHPN have gathered for 25 years to spend an enjoyable Fall evening at a significant historic venue and to raise funds for the organization.  Most often we are in stunning Detroit buildings such as the Fisher, Grand Army of the Republic, Guardian, Charles Lang Freer House on the WSU campus, or, Masonic Temple.  Other years, we leave the Detroit area to see the Matthaei Botanical Garden at the University of Michigan, Durant Union Station in Durand, Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, or, this year for the first time in Pontiac, The Pontiac Little Art Theatre anchoring a historic and resurgent downtown area.

We’re at another unique venue this year

The MHPN is delighted to invite you to the downtown home of The Pontiac Little Art Theatre – aka “The PLAT” to its patrons.  The three-story Italianate brick building was constructed in 1868 as a local grocery and dry goods store that served the community until 1909.  It housed a variety of businesses over the decades that followed, each requiring small changes inside and out.  It was in the 1950s, however, while owned by a national shoe store chain, that every shred of exterior 19th century detailing was damaged or destroyed during installation of a “modern” metal storefront.  As downtown Pontiac lost its economic vitality in the 1970s because of businesses moving to the suburbs and malls, the building struggled to keep tenants and finally was empty.  In 2015, K & R Design Studios purchased the building.  Its owners wanted to reclaim this important part of Pontiac’s history and began a reclamation that mixed original features with creatively interpreted replacements of what had been lost.  A lively color palette and fanciful metal work visually proclaim the building’s return to downtown prominence.  It now houses a popular theater and entertainment space on the first floor and two lofts in the upper levels.  The PLAT is celebrated as inspiring others to invest in historic downtown Pontiac.

Here are the details you need

DRESS:  It’s business casual for the evening.

ACCESSIBILITY:  The PLAT is barrier free; please call ahead for assistance.

PRE-EVENT WALKING TOUR:  Those registering for the Fall Benefit may add a complimentary walking tour of downtown Pontiac from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.  Capacity is 25 guests.  The approximately 1-mile route is walked at a comfortable pace.  Not all portions are barrier free.  Comfortable shoes and rain gear are recommended, if needed.  The tour leaves from The PLAT.  Janet Kreger will take your reservation at or 734-222-9310.

TOURS OF THE PLAT:  Short tours of The PLAT will be offered between 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Sign up upon arrival for the Fall Benefit.

PARKING:  The nearest parking is paid parking in Lot 6 at the southwest corner of Huron and Saginaw Streets, or at metered on-street parking.  For more options, see:

COMP TICKETS and REFUNDS:  If you are using a complimentary ticket, we ask that you register so we know you are attending.  Full refunds for purchased tickets are provided up to the RSVP deadline, but are not sent until 30-45 days after the event.  You may give your ticket to another guest but please let us know.

EVERY REGISTRATION INCLUDES A GIFT:  The MHPN is a 501-c-3 organization; $50 of your registration fee represents a gift in support of its programs.  If you would like to help the organization with a more significant gift, contact Janet Kreger at  or 734-222-9310.

FINALLY:  For questions, call 517-371-8080 or e-mail at the MHPN. You do not have to be an MHPN member to attend, but we welcome you to join…call or email us.  At The PLAT, use 844-476-6784 or

We look forward to seeing you there!

Interested in doing more?  

Consider donating to the MHPN Live or Silent Auction! Donations are due by Friday, September 6, 2019. The Donation Form is available here.

You can also be included in a sponsor for the event!  The information to be a Fall Benefit Sponsor is here; and a list of your benefits is here!