Historic District Commission

historicsignThe Pontiac Historic District Commission is a body of volunteers appointed by the Mayor. The Commission's primary responsibility is upholding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s standards preserving historically designated properties--individually designated structures and those occupying city historic districts. The Commission is also tasked with educating individuals (through free workshops, written source materials, and other means) in the restoration of their historic commercial and residential properties. The PHDC works toward preserving and enhancing the city’s unique architectural characteristics that reflect the legacy of a major automobile and manufacturing center.

The Historic District Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 6:45 p.m.
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2023 Meeting Schedule

virtualtributeThe Woodward Avenue Pontiac Tribute sign has been completed and is operational. It is located at the bottom of the Woodward Loop.

This unique interpretative signage depicts the story of Pontiac's cultural and economic history along Woodward Avenue.


You may contact the Historic District Commission by calling (248) 758-2800.

Check out our page of historical images plus some shots of Pontiac as it looked long ago and today. Click on the image to the right to view.

Walking Tours

Take one of these walking tours into Pontiac's past. Assembled from postcards and old photographs, get a feel of what it was like walking through downtown Pontiac 100 years ago. (new page will open)


Seven Members, who shall reside in the City of Pontiac, appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by City Council, as follows: two (2) members from a list of citizens submitted by a duly organized and existing preservation society or societies; one (1) architect, duly registered in the State of Michigan, if an architect resides, works or has offices in the City of Pontiac and is available for appointment; Three (3) members who are property owners within the historic district(s).


The Historic District Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall

Historic Districts:

  • Commercial Historic District
  • Franklin Boulevard Historic District
  • Fairgrove Historic District
  • Modern Housing Historic District
  • Seminole Hills Historic District

Historic Sites:

  • Central School
  • Cook Nelson American Legion Post No. 20
  • First United Methodist Church of Pontiac
  • Horatio N. Howard House
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church
  • Wisner House