Quinn Evans Architects converted the former Fremont High School to 38 senior apartments, which opened in the fall of 2014.

The creative design reopened the original courtyard and restored the historic brick exterior with windows that match the original design. The former school is an important landmark near the city’s downtown area, a gateway into the city, and its reuse has been welcomed by the local community where many former students still reside. As the largest senior citizen affordable housing development in the city’s history, the building has been given new life in a way that will allow it to serve future generations for years to come.

Details

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Originally designed by Judson N. Churchill in 1927
  • 52,700 sf renovation

Awards

  • 2016 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation
  • 2016 Building Award, Michigan Historic Preservation Network
“I’m delighted that a prominent landmark like the former high school can continue to be an architectural jewel and a viable asset for our community that will serve generations to come.”

Retired Fremont Public Schools Superintendent, James Hiefte

Funding through preservation

The entire campus block which includes the former classroom building and the large 1961 athletic addition by Warren S. Holmes Company was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Its historic status was key to securing funding through Federal historic preservation tax credits as well as MSHDA Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) without which the building would have been removed not rehabilitated.