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Harbor Springs, Michigan

Harbor Springs Historical Society Museum Restoration

the Project stats

Restoration of a 120-year-old building

General Contractor

WTA Architects


  • Victorian-era building

    Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan Award for Excellence in Construction

the Project study

Spence Brothers served as the General Contractor on this historical preservation project, which involved the restoration of a 120-year-old landmark building formerly occupied by City Hall.  Plans included restoring the Victorian-era building and adapting it to house the Harbor Springs Museum.  The museum contains an interactive History Gallery, a hands-on Discovery Gallery, exhibit galleries, a research library, collection care and storage space, meeting spaces available for community use, and a gift shop.

Construction work included shoring the building for structural modifications, restoration and renovation of existing foundations, renovation of all mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems, removal of all exterior stucco and wood lathe, restoration of subsurface and finished exterior, and the restoration of all brick veneer, wood flooring, and wood ceilings. Removal and reinstallation of all interior wood paneling and trim allowed for the upgrade of building insulation.  Additions were completed to aesthetically match the existing historical facility.