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Property Name Manning Commercial Historic District
Reference Number 15000745
State Iowa
County Carroll
Town Manning
Street Address 21 7-411. 413-5 07 , an d 302 -326 Main St. . 717-723 3rd St., 303 Center St. and 82 5 5th St.
Multiple Property Submission Name Iowa's Main Street Commercial Architecture
Status Listed 10/23/2015
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"The Manning Commercial Historic District is locally significant under Criterion A for its representation of the historic commercial growth and development of the City of Manning, which was established along a projected railroad in 1881. It functioned as a railroad town and agricultural community center in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, when the developing highway system began to shift the transportation emphasis of the commercial area towards the automobile. The buildings within the district reflect not only the historical associations of important businesses in the community but also reflect important early building industries and builders in the community. The district is also locally significant under Criterion C for the architectural significance of the architectural styles and designs of its late 19th and early-tomid-20th century buildings and the work of local and regional contractor/builders and some architects in their construction and design. The period of significance for this district is from 1885 to 1965, within which the historic commercial core reached its zenith in construction and development and had experienced some notable facade updates to historic buildings. The post-1965 period is characterized primarily by fas:ade remodeling, particularly in the period between 1977 and 2008 when ""Bavarian"" storefront remodels were required by city ordinance. However, a recent fas:ade rehabilitation project reversed much of the Bavarian-themed facades put in place during that period. There has been only one new building constructed within the district after 1965. Significant dates include 1885 when the first extant building was erected in the district and 1891 and 1895 when two blocks along Main Street were destroyed by devastating fires. In the wake of these fires, these two blocks were built up with historic buildings that remain standing and date primarily from the 1890s-early 1900s. Significance under Criterion Dis not claimed because there are no vacant lots within the district and most of the buildings extend the full width and length of their lots thus limiting archaeological potential. Significance under Criterion B is also not claimed per the registration requirements as set forth in the Iowa's Main Street Commercial Architecture Multiple Property cover document (Nash 2002)."

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