Historical Society and Village Partner to Restore Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station

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Preservation Award for Powerhouse


Milford Historical Society’s preservation work on the Pettibone Hydroelectric Station was recognized by Preservation Wayne, Detroit's oldest and largest architectural preservation organization, at their 2008 honor award dinner at Detroit’s Gem Theatre.

Honored with a “Regional Neighbors,’ award, the Historical Society joined a distinguished list of honorees representing important preservation work including Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Film Theater, Detroit Athletic Club, New Center Council, Indian Village Homeowners Association, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Detroit’s Book Cadillac, among others. For a full listing of the honorees and more information on Preservation Wayne, go to www.preservationwayne.org .


Preserving and Restoring the Powerhouse

Whether you're an architect, an engineer, a history buff, a factory worker, or kid who likes to watch water flow over a dam, you will want to visit the Powerhouse . . . and then you'll understand why the Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station is becoming Milford's most important historical site.  
The names Henry Ford (who built it) and Albert Kahn (the architect) certainly command attention. The potential to produce electricity in this renewable energy driven world is another reason. The impact the auto industry has had on all of us in Michigan is yet another.
The Milford Historical Society, through the Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station Restoration subcommittee, acts as agent for the Village of Milford which owns the building. The goal goes beyond saving an old building from the wrecking ball. Phase I of the project, exterior restoration, was completed in 2005. Interior restoration, site work , producing hydroelectric power and telling the fascinating story of Henry Ford's "Village Industry" in Milford are all part of the committee's work toward optimal use of this resource for the community.
The Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station was designed by Albert Kahn
and built by Henry Ford in 1939. 
Over time the station became known as Milford 's Powerhouse.


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