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Property Name Jefferson Street Historic District
Reference Number 13000723
State Indiana
County Lake
Town Gary
Street Address Roughly bounded on the south by 37th Avenue, on the east by Washington Street, on the north by the east/west alley to the south of 35th Avenue and on the west by the north/south alley between Jefferson Avenue and Madison Avenue.
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Residential Suburbs in the U.S.,1830-1960
Status Listed 9/18/2013
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The Jefferson Street Historic District qualifies for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C and qualifying under the guidelines set forward in the Multiple Property Listing, Historic Residential Suburbs in the U.S. 1830- 1960. The district is also eligible for placement on the Register under Criterion A for its for Community Planning and Development. The Jefferson Street Historic District is an intact twentieth century bungalow/small house working class neighborhood. The Jefferson Street Historic District still projects an image today of a pre-World War II American working class neighborhood and for this reason qualifies under Criterion C. The district consists primarily of bungalows and cottages, with a few larger houses and apartment buildings interspersed. The majority of the housing stock is representative of the modern housing concepts of Small House Movement of the early twentieth century; the majority of which were built between 1922 and the start of World War II. The builders of these houses applied many of the popular style elements of this era in their construction. Under the guidelines set forth in Historic Residential Suburbs in the U.S. 1830-1960, the district is representative of a sub-divider development with several contractors building and selling houses in the sub-division. Some of the individual lot owners built their own houses on the lots they had purchased. The addition had restrictions placed on the deed setting a minimum cost of $3000.00 for the buildings to be constructed on each lot. These restrictions assured that a high quality of houses were to be built. This is still evident within the district today. The landscaping reflects the concepts of the districts period of significance. Besides some modifications to the structures over the years, the majority retain their integrity. The neighborhood and would be easily recognized by any person who had resided within the district during its period of significance. For these reasons the Jefferson Street Historic District qualifies for placement upon the National Register of Places under Criterion C.


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