In the News: Jefferson-Chalmers District, Our Newest National Treasure.

September 7, 2016 by Kirsten Hower

Vanity Ballroom, Jefferson-Chalmers Historic Business District

photo by: Jeffrey Sauger

The Vanity Ballroom, part of the Jefferson-Chalmers Historic Business District.

Today we announced Jefferson-Chalmers District as our newest National Treasure and the first in Michigan. We greatly look forward to working with the City of Detroit and our partners to renew and restore this historic district.

For more on our announcement and our upcoming work in Detroit, check out these great reads:

“Jefferson-Chalmers is full of outstanding assets,” Josh Elling, executive director of Jefferson East, Inc., a local organization that promotes the regeneration of Detroit communities, said in a statement. “Through past hardship, engaged residents and business owners—the neighborhood’s biggest assets—have held together, maintained hope, and crafted a vision to bring the neighborhood back to being a place where everyone thrives.” Architectural Digest—Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood is Declared a National Treasure

David Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer from the National Trust, says, It's about putting people first, and using the remarkable powers of preservation and creative reuse to spur economic growth to help solve the problems neighborhoods and cities face today, and position them for an even brighter future. We believe that reuse should be the standard bearer for urban regeneration and that the demolition of historic places always the option of last resort. Curbed Detroit—Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood named Michigan's first National Treasure

The National Trust will work with Jefferson East to start multiple projects throughout the district, [Mary Lu] Seidel said. Like dropping multiple pebbles at once into a pond, each of the projects will create ripple effects in their respective areas that will spur more development and get people into the neighborhood both as visitors and residents. The Detroit News—Historic Vanity Ballroom target of restoration hopes

“Jefferson-Chalmers is Detroit’s diamond in the rough—and we’re excited to bring our expertise and national spotlight to the great work happening here,” said David J. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Not only do the buildings have the reuse potential to move Detroit forward, but the neighborhood’s revitalization also has a lot to teach the rest of the country.” Daily Detroit—Detroit's Historic East Side Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood Gets National Treasure Status

The Detroit neighborhood's designation is one of the first under the National Trust's new re-urbanism emphasis. Re-urbanism refers to promoting healthy and vibrant adaptive reuse as a way to revitalize urban neighborhoods, explained National Trust spokesman Juvenio Guerra. Crain's Detroit Business—Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood gets National Treasure status

This is important, [Josh] Elling said. Historic designation will bring more attention to the neighborhood as well as resources from the national trust to help both residents and building owners on Jefferson to revitalize our historic structures. WXYZ Detroit—Jefferson-Chalmers district named a National Treasure, plans underway to revitalize neighborhood

Here’s what’s exciting about this announcement: It is the first project under the National Trust’s new ReUrbanism initiative...The ReUrbanism puts preservation in step with residential needs as a way to create health, wealth and community. In other words: People + Preservation = Economic Growth for Detroit’s Neighborhoods. Detroit UnspunDetroit's Jefferson-Chalmers District named a National Treasure for historic preservation efforts

"Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers District has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The early 20th-century commercial district is the first neighborhood in the National Trust’s new ReUrbanism initiative. The 'Heart of Louisville,' Kentucky, has also been included as a National Treasure in the ReUrbanism initiative." ArchPaper—Detroit neighborhood named a National Treasure

Preservation projects can create opportunities for residents at all income levels to thrive— and, as highlighted by our Preservation Green Lab, Jefferson-Chalmers is well-equipped to be an essential part in moving Detroit forward, David J. Brown, a top official with the National Trust, said in a release. We're excited to bring our expertise in growing American cities and join the Jefferson-Chalmers community on work that continues to bring new life to this great, truly distinctive district. MLive—Detroit neighborhood named 'National Treasure,' offered help from historic group

"On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood -- home to the Vanity Ballroom -- was named Michigan's first National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Scenes from Eminem's '8 Mile' were even filmed inside the ballroom and around the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. Josh Budingon, Development Manager of Jefferson East, a neighborhood organization, said that in its heyday, 'you could feel the bounce under your feet" on the dance floor.'" MLiveBallroom featured in '8 Mile' viewed as pillar of revitalization project in Detroit

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