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Property Name Mount Pleasant Downtown Historic District
Reference Number 14001043
State MI
County Isabella
Town Isabella
Street Address Roughly bounded by Mosher, Franklin, Illinois & Washington Sts.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/15/2014
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The Mt. pleasant Downtown Historic District meets National Register Criterion A for its association with the commercial, business, and social history of the city's historic core since its establishment in 1860. The district contains historic resources dating to 1875, with the bulk of its physical development taking place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collecitvely, the district's resources housed the bulk of the city's commercial activities during that period, as well as the community's prominent business and professional offices and activities. The city was a center for Mt. Pleasant's other recreational puruits. The Downtown Historic District is also significant under Criterion B for its association with Isaac Fancher, on of the early founders of Mt. Pleasant and one of its most prominent citizens. He build the Fancher blcok, one of the oldest and most intatct buildings in teh downtown district. Mt. Pleasant's downtown district also meets National Register Criterion C as a collection of late nineteenth to mid - twentieth-century commercial buildings representing the prevailing styles in commercial architecture during that period, including Italianate, Late Victorian, vernacular brick, Art Deco, and International style. Several buildings represent outstanding and well preserved examples of those styles within the local historic context.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria