|The Alma Downtown Historic District is significant at the local level under National Register criteria A, B, and C for its association with Alma's political, social, entertainment, and commercial history; Ammi Willard Wright; and architecture. The downtown district was historically (and remains today) the center of Alma's commercial activity, and the downtown commercial buildings continue to provide goods and services to Alma's and the region's residents. The district contains the Public Building, which housed village and then city government, including the police and fire station, for nearly seventy-five years. The Alma Downtown Historic District provided residents and visitors with entertainment and performing arts venues in the form of movie and vaudeville theaters and an opera house all located in surviving buildings. Fraternal organizations like the Masons and Odd Fellows gathered in the upper rooms of commercial buildings downtown and some built their own m eeting halls in the district. Despite Alma's modest size, the city has a rich history of fraternal organizations, and evidence of this social activity is still present in the Masonic and Odd Fellows halls in the downtown historic district, and in other standing buildings that contained halls used by these groups. Alma experienced a period of immense growth in the second half of the nineteenth century much of it due to leading businessman and citizen Ammi Willard Wright, and his importance is still evident in several major buildings within the historic district. For this reason, the Alma Downtown Historic District is also significant under National Register Criterion B. Finally, the district is significant under Criterion C for architecture, as the district contains Alma's most distinguished historic commercial, civic, and other buildings.