Franklin Historic District (Tennessee)

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Franklin Historic District
4th ave main street historic franklin tennessee 2010.jpg
Fourth Avenue in the Franklin Historic District
Franklin Historic District (Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Franklin Historic District (Tennessee)
Franklin Historic District (Tennessee) is located in the US
Franklin Historic District (Tennessee)
Location Centered around Main St. (TN 96) and 3rd Ave. (U.S. 31) (original); Third Ave. S between S. Margin St. and the RR (increase I); and 300 block of 4th Ave. S (increase II), in Franklin, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°55′30″N 86°52′9″W / 35.92500°N 86.86917°W / 35.92500; -86.86917Coordinates: 35°55′30″N 86°52′9″W / 35.92500°N 86.86917°W / 35.92500; -86.86917
Area 140 acres (57 ha) (original); 5.2 acres (2.1 ha) (increase I); 2.6 acres (1.1 ha) (increase II)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Gothic Revival, Federal (original);, , , other (increase I); Queen Anne and Colonial Revival (increase II)
MPS Williamson County MRA[2]
NRHP Reference # 72001254; 88000378; 00000232[1]
Added to NRHP October 5, 1972 (original)
April 13, 1988 (increase I)
March 15, 2000 (increase II)

Franklin Historic District is a historic district in Franklin, Tennessee that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It was created to preserve historic commercial and residential architecture in a 16-block area of the original, downtown Franklin around the north, west, and south of the town square.[2]:8

The 140-acre (57 ha) area of the 1972-listed district includes two properties separately listed on the National Register, Winstead House and the Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7 (which is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark). Architectural styles include Gothic Revival and Federal. When listed, the district included 211 contributing buildings and 65 non-contributing buildings, on an area of 140 acres (57 ha).[1]

The boundaries of the district were increased in 1988 to add a 5.2-acre (2.1 ha) area. The increased area included 12 contributing buildings, one contributing structure and four non-contributing buildings, in architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, and T-plan.[1] The district was further increased in 2000 to add a 2.6-acre (1.1 ha) area including Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architecture. This increase included nine contributing buildings and two non-contributing buildings.[1]

The Franklin historic district is one of five National Register historic districts in the city of Franklin. Four of these, including the Franklin historic district, are also designated as local historic districts by city ordinance, making them subject to design review. Franklin has seven local historic districts.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Thomason Associates and Tennessee Historical Commission (February 1988). "Historic Resources of Williamson County (Partial Inventory of Historic and Architectural Properties), National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination" (PDF). National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Franklin Historic Preservation Overlay". City of Franklin, Tennessee. Retrieved July 24, 2012.