Schmidt honors Douglas House with special tribute

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt presented the James and Jean Douglas House with a special tribute at the state Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the house being named a 2017 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation recipient.

“I congratulate the Douglas House on receiving this distinct honor for its dedication to preserving Michigan history,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

The award is given by the State Historic Preservation Office in recognition of outstanding historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s unique character and the many archaeological sites and historic structures that document Michigan’s rich past.

The Douglas House, an iconic example of modern architecture designed by internationally renowned architect Richard Meier, was constructed in Harbor Springs in 1973 for Jim and Jean Douglas.

Current owners Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers consulted with the original firm on the home’s restoration.