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Property Name Morristown Main Street Historic District
Reference Number 16000120
State Tennessee
County Hamblen
Town Morristown
Street Address 101-119 East Main Street; 101-188, 200-243 West Main Street; 113-133, 118-134 North Henry Street, 111-121 North Cumberland Street; 110-128 South Cumberland Street; and 115-135 West 1st North Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/22/2016
Areas of Significance COMMERCE, ARCHITECTURE, COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000120.pdf
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The Morristown Main Street Historic District is a locally-significant concentration of historic commercial buildings that collectively meet Criteria A and C for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Under Criterion A, the Morristown Main Street District is significant as an extant assemblage of historic commercial buildings which developed around a major crossroads in the region and spurred local commerce, development, and industry between about 1880-1965. While a few buildings have been lost from the district, overall the inventory is very well intact as a whole and also at an individual building scale. Like many other historic commercial districts in the nation, Morristown's Main Street District reflects varied architectural styles from roughly the last 140 years, and acts as a visual record of changes that shaped local and regional history. Under Criterion C, the district is a good example of late-19th- and early-20th-century commercial buildings that are embellished with Victorian era and 20th-century revival details. Metal cornices, cast iron columns, and decorative brick or terra cotta are seen on most buildings. Morristown's -Skymart,- a unique system of overhead sidewalks, is the only one of its kind in the nation and represents the mid-20th century trend of Urban Renewal and associated downtown revitalization efforts. Constructed from 1964-1967, the structure is significant under criterion A for its association with Community Planning and Development. Although the structure is not quite fifty years of age, this resource is an example of exceptional significance at the local level and is an integral part of the Morristown Main Street Historic District.

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