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For this resident, preserving our heritage is her life’s work

Rebecca Binno Savage

Rebecca Binno Savage


By Alan Madlane
Sometimes people earn all the good things that come to them.
Here at The Review, we prefer to focus on this type of person. And Rebecca Binno Savage is one of those people.
Perhaps you know her name. Perhaps you don’t. But we think you should.
So just what all has she done, exactly?
It would probably take less time to list what she hasn’t done. Let’s start with the fact that she’s written up the language for numerous nominations for many of the buildings and historical districts in Detroit for entry onto the National Register of Historic Places (this, she says, is what allows the owners of properties with these designations, or within these designated areas, to apply for federal Historic Tax Credits).
She has also assisted with many of these applications.
As such, she is something of an expert on what’s there. Or, what “used to be there,” as she puts it, for each building and lot in these areas.
She serves on the Boards of Directors for both the Detroit Area Art Deco Society and the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit. She is an advisor for the Detroit Sound Conservancy, an organization that “remains dedicated to partnerships and programs that preserve Detroit’s musical legacy.”
On top of that, she volunteers in various capacities related to her preservation knowledge base with Wayne State’s historic Freer House, the historic St. Albertus church, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership Stakeholder Committee.
Lastly, she also served on the commissions and boards of all of the following: the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority, or DDA; the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium; the Hamtramck Brownfield Authority; Preservation Wayne; the Michigan Historic Preservation Network; and the Detroit Area Chapter of Columbia University’s Alumni Association.
But best of all, she was a recent recipient of Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Citizen Award, an award given to “an outstanding individual” who has “made a significant contribution to the preservation of Michigan’s heritage.”
Congrats, Rebecca!
So please join us in once again tipping our cap to Hamtramck’s own busybody for good deeds, Rebecca Binno Savage.

7 Responses to For this resident, preserving our heritage is her life’s work

  1. Rebecca Savage

    June 27, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for this terrific article!

  2. Karen Dubrinsky

    June 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    What a great article and accomplishments by my longtime friend! Congratulations!

  3. Rachael A-Woods

    June 29, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations, So very proud of you Rebecca .

  4. Rick Beall

    June 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Rebecca is the Angel of Lost Causes. Where others see landfill for to be pushed into it’s own basement, she sees something to break the surface tension of our future.

  5. Bob Giles

    July 1, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Rebecca, you are the best!

  6. Louise A Giles

    July 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

    A well-deserved tribute to a person dedicated to preservation and to supporting our Columbia Alumni Association of Michigan.

  7. Marianne Peggie

    July 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    STO LAT, Rebecca! Thank you for all you do!

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