This Old House


In 1957, the Michigan Architectural Foundation was formed specifically to raise funds to restore the oldest house on Mackinac Island, the Biddle House. The restoration was completed in 1959.

Today, the now 240-year-old Biddle House is undergoing another restoration to bring it back to its 1830 form, and to house the new Native American Museum celebrating the continuing story of the Anishnaabek people of the region. Mackinac Historic State Parks oversees the project and expects it to be completed in the summer of 2020.

The Michigan Architectural Foundation granted $30,000 for the most recent restoration project, MAF’s largest single grant ever given, to ensure that the impact architecture has had on our state’s history and culture will continue to be communicated through this structure and its story.

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