“It’s Happening” as the district’s motto perfectly describes Farmington’s small, yet buzzing downtown. With over 160 businesses including the old style Civic Theatre built in 1940, the newly added Farmington Brewing Company, Focal Point Studios, numerous restaurants and so many more, Downtown Farmington upholds a thriving economic state along Grand River Avenue. Over the summer the area hosts a number of events for the community such as Art on the Grand, a weekly farmer’s market and a number of free concerts. One of the largest is the weekend-long Farmington Founder’s Festival which celebrates the city’s roots. The festival spans almost the entirety of downtown with all types of local entertainment including musicians from Metro Detroit, local business and craft tents, food and even a parade!
Holocaust Memorial Center
Farmington Hills is home to the only Holocaust museum in the state. The museum opened in October of 1984 as a section of the Jewish Community Center at Drake Road and Maple. After many years of planning and fundraising, the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) moved to its new building that received recognition from newspaper the Wall Street Journal. The building was designed with large cables against the exterior that represent the fences around concentration camps, 6 large pyramid shaped windows that commemorate the 6 million Jewish prisoners killed in the Holocaust. The structure was intended to appear visually uncomfortable and rough to symbolize the pain and hardship of those involved in the Holocaust.
Governor Warner Mansion
Growing up in Farmington or Farmington Hills, its almost impossible not to have visited the Governor Warner Mansion at some point in your life. Between school field trips, prom pictures, weddings, Halloween ghost walks and just about anything else you could ever think of that entails a picturesque or historic setting, this 1867 home sees a whole lot more action than any other Farmington building from its era. Built by P. Dean Warner in 1867, the mansion exemplifies the popular Victorian Italianate style architecture of the time. The home achieved its fame for being the residence of Governor Fred M. Warner, Farmington’s only governor and the state of Michigan’s first to serve three consecutive terms (1905 to 1911). The mansion is now owned by the City of Farmington and can be toured or rented out for any of the various purposes listed above among many others.