Romeo Historic District

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Romeo Historic District
100 block of North Main Street, west side
Romeo Historic District is located in Michigan
Romeo Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by the corporate lines of Romeo, Michigan
Coordinates 42°48′7″N 83°0′51″W / 42.80194°N 83.01417°W / 42.80194; -83.01417Coordinates: 42°48′7″N 83°0′51″W / 42.80194°N 83.01417°W / 42.80194; -83.01417
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000281[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 8, 1970
Designated MSHS April 24, 1970[2]

The Romeo Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by the corporate lines of Romeo, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970[1] and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1970.[2]


The area around Romeo was first settled in 1821, and in 1822 the first building was constructed in what was then known as "Hoxie's Settlement."[3] The first piece of the present-day village, extending two blocks in each direction from the corner of St. Claire and Main Streets, was platted by Col. John B. Hollister in 1830.[4] By 1837 a number of simple log farmhouses dotted the area, and the settlement boasted over 200 people, 34 houses,[4] three dry goods stores, a wagon shop, tannery, shoe shops, a foundry, a cooper shop, carpenter shop and a hoopskirt factory.[3] Hoxie's Settlement was incorporated as the village of Romeo in 1838.[3] The University of Michigan established a branch campus, the Romeo Academy, in the area in the 1840, attracting more prosperous academics and preofessionals to the area.[2] A railroad was laid through the village in 1869, bringing increased trade. Planned growth has allowed the Romeo community to maintain a high degree of historic integrity.[2]


The Romeo Historic District contains approximately 100 well-preserved historic structures, constructed in a variety of architectural styles. Most are frame structures, including a number of Gothic Revival cottages, but the district also includes substantial brick buildings located along Romeo's main street.[2]

Romeo Images


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Romeo Historic District". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "About the Village of Romeo". Village of Romeo. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Rome Reconnaissance Survey, chapter 3.2: Romeo". Romeo Downtown Development Authority. Retrieved August 10, 2011.