The Freighthouse, next to Frog Island Park on the north side of Depot Town, has been used as a community center, hosting the Depot Town Farmers Market, a café, and various community meetings and events. The Freighthouse is part of the Ypsilanti Historic District, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. 

View Historic Freighthouse photos here.

View Freighthouse Cafe/Kitchen photos here.

View Freighthouse Great Hall photos here.

Freighthouse Setup photos here.

View Freighthouse Fee Schedule here.

The building's condition forced its closure in 2004. The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse (FOYF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the City, have raised money and received grants for the various repairs required to re-open the building. Today the Freighthouse is once again available for community and private events.

In April of 2020, management of the Freighthouse transitioned from the the Friends to the City of Ypsilanti.

If you have questions regarding Freighthouse availability or building policies, please contact Wendy Estey at (734) 482-9825.  If you would like to submit an event request, please click on the Event Request link.  Once you have submitted your request, the Freighthouse Coordinator will contact you either by phone or email.  ALL event requests are responded to in a timely manner.  Please note that some responses end up being routed to your email's spam folder.  Many emails are sent and delivered but are never viewed.  If you feel you have not received a response in a timely manner, please check your email's spam folder.   Alternatively, you may wish to whitelist and the IP address to ensure that our responses to your requests get delivered properly.

Review the Freighthouse Policies Here.

If you have questions regarding warming center operations, please contact the Washtenaw Shelter Association at (734) 662-2829.

To request a tour of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, please email