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Property Name Clare Downtown Historic District
Reference Number 16000178
State Michigan
County Clare
Town Clare
Street Address 114-120 E. Fifth St., 102-202 W . Fifth St., 112-115 E. Fourth St., 112-124 W. Fifth St., 307 and 321-622 N. McEwan
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 4/19/2016
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture, Commerce, Entertainment / Recreation, Industry, Politics/Government, Social History
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The Clare Downtown Historic District meets national register criterion A at the local level for serving over the years from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s and later as Clare's commercial center, offering stores, banks, hotels, and professional offices; its governmental center, the location of city hall and the post office; and its social and recreation/entertainment focal point, with standing buildings that housed lodge halls and entertainment spaces, including an opera house and movie theaters. The district also meets criterion A for its association with the area's agriculture through the elevator and various stores that served the agricultural community and its associations with the area's oil and natural gas industry during the early years of the industry from around 1930 to the 1960s. The district also has significance under criterion B for four buildings that are directly associated with Alfred J. Doherty, a businessman and community leader who played a direct and key role in a broad range of projects and activities to improve the city from the 1880s until his death in the 1920s. The district also meets criterion C for its variety of late nineteenth and early and mid-twentieth-century architecture that includes public buildings and a church as well as commercial buildings. The district is particularly rich in commercial buildings of Neoclassical-inspired design but also contains notable Late Victorian, Commercial Brick, and International style/Mid-century Modem buildings.

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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