Tecumseh Downtown Historic District

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For another historic district of a similar name in Tecumseh, Michigan, see Tecumseh Historic District (Tecumseh, Michigan).
Tecumseh Downtown Historic District
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Looking east along Chicago Boulevard
Tecumseh Downtown Historic District is located in Michigan
Tecumseh Downtown Historic District
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Tecumseh, Michigan
Coordinates 42°00′14″N 83°56′43″W / 42.00389°N 83.94528°W / 42.00389; -83.94528Coordinates: 42°00′14″N 83°56′43″W / 42.00389°N 83.94528°W / 42.00389; -83.94528
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 86000805[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 17, 1986
Designated MSHS January 16, 1976[2]

The Tecumseh Downtown Historic District is a historic district comprising the downtown commercial area of the city of Tecumseh in Lenawee County, Michigan. It was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on January 16, 1976 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1986.[1][2]

Looking west along Chicago Boulevard

Settled in as early as the 1820s, the Tecumseh Downtown Historic District centers on the intersection of Evans Street and Chicago Boulevard (M-50). Evans Street contains only two contributing properties from 115–125 South Evans Street, while no portions of North Evans Street north of M-50 are included in the district. The majority of the district is on M-50, consisting of 102–128 West Chicago Boulevard and 101–154 East Chicago Boulevard. There are a total of 31 contributing properties and eight non-contributing properties.[2]

The two-block-long district consists primarily of two to four-story Italianate buildings dating primarily from 1850–1900. In 1824, Tecumseh pioneer Musgrove Evans platted the village with the intent of Chicago Boulevard (then known as the Chicago Road) to be the main thoroughfare through the village. After being settled, Tecumseh was designated as the county seat of the newly established Lenawee County. Its growth also relied heavily on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway line running through the area. Tecumseh developed rapidly as the county seat from 1826–1838. The government then moved to Adrian, and Tecumseh's expansion halted. Because of this lack of later development, much of the downtown area has been preserved. The railway line still runs through the center of the district but has long been in disuse.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. June 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d State of Michigan (2009). "Tecumseh Downtown Historic District". Retrieved June 28, 2010.