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Property Name Star Historic District
Reference Number 13000699
State North Carolina
County Montgomery
Town Star
Street Address Centered on Main and Railroad streets and roughly bounded by College Street on the north, First Street on the east, and Dameron Street on the west.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/9/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Commerce, Transportation
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The Star Historic District meets National Register Criterion A for commerce and transportation. Developed at the intersection of the Durham and Charlotte Railroad and the Aberdeen and Asheboro Railroad, the town of Star served as a regional commercial center for eastern Montgomery County and western Moore County from its incorporation in 1897 to the mid-twentieth century. The railroad facilitated the logging and agricultural industries in and around Star. Beginning in 1911, the Country Life Academy brought nearby students to the town and by the 1930s, the textile industry in Star was attracting workers from nearby communities. The railroad, school, and mills fueled Star's growth by creating a demand for services, including stores, banks, barbers, and repair shops. The Star Historic District also meets National Register Criterion C for architecture. The prosperity of the early twentieth century town is reflected in the presence of ornate turn-of-the-twentieth-century Queen Anne-style houses and Romanesque Revival-style commercial buildings; constructed from 1896 to 1915, they stand out among the most elaborate examples of residential and commercial architecture in Montgomery County. The architecture of Star also illustrates its place as a working-class town with modest, pyramidal-roofed housing constructed in the 191 Os and 1920s and housing built in the nationally-popular Colonial Revival and Craftsman styles in the 1920s and 1930s. Also present in Star are an Art Deco-style bridge built in 1929, Colonial Revival churches from 1924 and 1953, and plainly detailed commercial buildings and Ranch-form houses erected in the 1940s and 1950s.


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