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Property Name Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District (Boundary Increase)
Reference Number 13000672
State Missouri
County Cape Girardeau
Town Cape Girardeau
Street Address 400 block of Broadway south side
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/4/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Commerce
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The Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District (Boundary Increase) is an extension of the original National Register district which was listed in 2007, with a period of significance of 1868 to 1957. The Boundary Increase is comprised often contiguous one-to-three story brick commercial buildings. These buildings were constructed ca. 1880 to ca. 1969 along the south side of Broadway, east of the original district. The boundary increase enriches the character of the existing historic district by providing an intact representation of the type of commercial properties which developed along Broadway and share the period of development and historic association with the rest of the district. The buildings represent the property type Commercial Buildings, ca. 1850-1950 as described in the Multiple Property Cover Document Historic and Architectural Resources of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The district attracted long-lasting businesses such as I. Ben Miller's Drug and Confectionery shop, the Metropolitan cafe, and Lueder's Photography Studio. The expansion area, like the original listing, is eligible and locally significant under National Register Criteria A and C for Commerce and Architecture. The period of significance is ca. 1880-1957, reflecting the construction dates of the contributing properties. Because the original district nomination was a project of university students with limited time and resources, it focused only on a strong concentration of commercial properties in the 500 block of Broadway. This boundary increase adds a group of similar properties that share the same architectural and commercial context as the original buildings.


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