CALL TO ACTION Join and get involved with the MI Impact Coalition, as we work to bring back Michigan’s State Rehab Tax Credit.  Senate Bill 469 (S1) passed the Senate on December 13, 2017. House Bill 5178 (HB 5178) has also been introduced to reinstate the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit. These bills would reinstate the popular program that offers a credit of up to 25 percent of rehabilitation expenses against state income tax.

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.

Photograph courtesy of Detroit Masonic Temple  

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network cordially invites you to the

24th Annual MHPN Fall Benefit at the 

The Detroit Masonic Temple

Saturday, September 29, 2018


5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
500 Temple Street (between 2nd and Cass Avenues)
Detroit, MI 48201

RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6 PM
Capacity is 180 guests

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

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages,
beer and wine bar, live and silent auctions, tours, marketplace, and more!

Registration:    $100 per person

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

SPECIAL:  Behind-the-Scenes Tour Registration for Guests:
This 90-minute guided tour will run from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM and is free.

When you register for the Fall Benefit, sign up.
Attendance is limited to 25-30 participants. 

(Note that short tours also will be offered between 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.) 

Business dress is appropriate for the evening.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is barrier free; please call ahead for assistance.

You do not have to be an MHPN member to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

  $100 per person

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

The evening includes strolling dinner fare and desserts, hosted bar for beer and white wine,  live and silent auctions, tours, marketplace, and more!

Photographs courtesy of Detroit Masonic Temple

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, Guardian, or last year, the Charles Lang Freer House on the WSU campus!

We’re at another unique Detroit venue this year

The MHPN is delighted to have support from The Christman Company that allows us to be at Detroit’s stunning Masonic Temple this year.  Designed by George D. Mason and built between 1920 and 1926, the Temple was the lodge hall for forty-seven fraternal orders and an entertainment center for Detroit social and cultural events.  The massive structure is composed of the fourteen-story Ritual Tower, the ten-story Shrine Club Tower, and the 4,600 seat Auditorium building that joins the two.  Limestone-sheathed, they reflect a Gothic inspiration with medieval castellated towers, Tudor arches, and sculptured figures of guards and knights.  Inside, the lodge rooms are richly detailed with Egyptian, Greek Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tudor, and Romanesque motifs.  Upon completion, the Detroit Masonic Temple was recognized as the largest building of its kind in the world. 

Here are the details you need

For parking information, go to:  Sharing rides or taking Uber from a location outside of downtown is recommended; Detroit parking is costly. 

To enter the Masonic Temple, guests may come into the Ritual Tower through either the Temple Street or 2nd Avenue entrances.  If coming early for the special behind-the-scenes tour, participants should come in the 2nd Avenue entrance to meet the leaders. 

Full refunds are provided up to the RSVP deadline.  You may give your ticket to another guest but please let us know.  If you are using a complimentary ticket, we ask that you register so we know you are attending.  The MHPN is a 501-c-3 organization; $50 of your registration fee represents a gift in support of its programs.  For questions, call 517-371-8080 or e-mail

Interested in doing more?  

Consider donating to the MHPN Live or Silent Auction! Donations are due by Friday, September 21, 2018. 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!