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Property Name Freetown-Port Rico Historic District
Reference Number 15000694
State Louisiana
County Lafayette Parish
Town Lafayette
Street Address Roughly bounded by East University Avenue, Lee Avenue, Garfield Street, Taft Street, Southwest Evangeline Thruway, Lucille Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, and Coolidge Street.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/2/2016
Areas of Significance Community Planning and Development; Ethnic Heritage: Black, European, and Other; Social History; and Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000694.pdf
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The Freetown-Port Rico Historic District is significant at the local level under Criterions A and C in the areas of Community Planning and Development; Ethnic Heritage: Black, European, and Other; Social History; and Architecture. It is believed that people may have been residing in the Freetown area as early as 1863; however, it was not until 1881 that the area was surveyed for subdivision and today's Freetown-Port Rico neighborhood truly took shape. Therefore, the period of significance commences in 1881. Although the neighborhood was substantially developed by WWII, building, community development, and significant ethnic heritage and social history continued through the following decades. Therefore the terminus of the period of significance is set at 1965, fifty years from the present year.

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