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Historic Designation Advisory Board

People Preserving Places

The Historic Designation Advisory Board (HDAB) advises City Council on all matters regarding historic preservation to protect the historic, cultural, architectural, and archaeological resources that make Detroit unique. HDAB promotes preservation through the creation of local historic districts and design guideline ordinances and also serves as a general resource to the community. 

The Historic Designation Advisory Board has nine members, who are residents of Detroit, and two ex officio members as represented by the Director of the City Planning Commission and the Director of the Planning and Development Department. Two ad hoc members are appointed by City Council in conjunction with studies of particular proposed historic districts. 


Board Members

Dr. Carolyn Carter, Chair

Melanie A. Bazil, Vice Chair

Theresa Holder-Hagood, Secretary 

Naomi Beasley-Porter

Keith Dye

Louis J. Fisher

Calvin Jackson

Joseph Rashid

Nubia Wardford Polk

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem
district map

This map shows all locally designated historic districts in Detroit. You can search by address to determine if a property falls within a local historic district boundary.