Merchants Square and Resort Historic District
Merchants Square in spring
|Location||Boundary St., Duke of Gloucester St., S. England St., Francis St., Henry St. Prince George St., Williamsburg, Virginia|
|Area||49 acres (20 ha)|
|Architect||Perry, Shaw & Hepburn; et al.|
|Architectural style||Colonial, Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||06000365|
|Added to NRHP||May 3, 2006|
|Designated VLR||December 7, 2005|
Conceived in 1927 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Reverend W. A. R. Goodwin, Merchants Square is considered to be one of the first planned shopping districts in the United States, if not the first. Small shops throughout Williamsburg would move into a centrally located area that used architecture that was in harmony with the restoration’s character.
Most of the stores and shops are located on Duke of Gloucester Street (DoG St.) right across from The College of William & Mary’s campus. To keep the area as close to historically accurate as possible, all telephone wires were placed underground, and modern day technologies such as air-conditioning ducts and garage equipment were hidden with shrubs and plantings.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. December 16, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- Merchants Square – History. Retrieved on June 28, 2008.
- Merchants Square – Home. Retrieved on June 28, 2008.