Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District

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Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District
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Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District is located in Iowa
Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District
Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District is located in the US
Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District
Location Centered on Ave. G, from near 6th St., to mid-900 Blk, inc. Ave. H from 7th to 9th, Fort Madison, Iowa
Coordinates 40°37′51″N 91°18′40″W / 40.63083°N 91.31111°W / 40.63083; -91.31111Coordinates: 40°37′51″N 91°18′40″W / 40.63083°N 91.31111°W / 40.63083; -91.31111
Area 17 acres (6.9 ha)
Architectural style Federal
Italianate
Romanesque Revival
MPS Iowa's Main Street Commercial Architecture MPS
NRHP Reference #

07000852

[1]
Added to NRHP August 31, 2007

The Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District has a collection of late-19th century store fronts centered on Ave. G, from 6th to 9th Street, and Ave. H from 7th to 9th, in Fort Madison, Iowa. The Mississippi River at Fort Madison flows from east to west. The city's downtown is on the east side of town north of the river. It includes the original part of the city, and the rest of the city grew to the west.[2] The central business district is surrounded by residential neighborhoods with the Park-to-Park Residential Historic District to the north. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Passenger and Freight Complex Historic District is to the southwest closer to the river. Avenue H, historically Front Street, faces the river and was developed first. Historically buildings were only constructed on the north side of the street, and it still has its older, 19th century buildings. Avenue G, historically 2nd Street, was developed as the main business street from the late 19th and into the early 20th century. From east to west, development occurred between Sixth and Eighth Streets. By the 20th century, commercial buildings were built to Ninth Street and beyond.

At the time of its nomination the historic district had a total of 105 buildings, with 91 being contributing properties and 14 non-contributing.[2] Most of the buildings (72) are two-story structures, with another 18 one-story buildings, and 15 three-story buildings. The predominate architectural styles are Federal, Italianate, Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival. Most of the buildings house commercial enterprises, and the Cattermole Memorial Library, which is individually listed on the National Register, is included as a contributing property.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Rebecca Lawin McCarley. "Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 

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