Marblehead Historic District

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Marblehead Historic District
Historic Marblehead.jpg
Marblehead Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Marblehead Historic District
Marblehead Historic District is located in the United States
Marblehead Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by Marblehead Harbor, Waldron Court, Essex, Elm, Pond, and Norman Sts., Marblehead, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°30′15″N 70°50′58″W / 42.50417°N 70.84944°W / 42.50417; -70.84944Coordinates: 42°30′15″N 70°50′58″W / 42.50417°N 70.84944°W / 42.50417; -70.84944
Area2,300 acres (930 ha)
Architectural styleGeorgian, Federal, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.84002402[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 10, 1984

The Marblehead Historic District is a 2,300-acre (930 ha) historic district roughly bounded by Marblehead Harbor, Waldron Court, Essex, Elm, Pond, and Norman Streets in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Among its notable features are Fort Sewall, a coastal fortification with origins dating to 1644,[2] and two National Historic Landmarks, the General John Glover House,[3] the Jeremiah Lee Mansion,[4] and the Simon Bradstreet House.

The district includes 988 contributing buildings and features Georgian, Federal, Queen Anne, and other styles of architecture. The area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

It includes some buildings from the 1600s and about 200 houses in total that were built before the American Revolution.

The National Register nomination notes that "the extraordinarily well preserved historic character of the Marblehead Historic District can be attributed to a number of factors: a deep sense of history and pride in the community; hilly terrain and historical building patterns which discourage a major thoroughfare; vigilant fire protection; and increasing preservation awareness and efforts."[5]: 11 

Some of the district was protected by creation of two local historic districts in 1968 by the town of Marblehead under the Massachusetts General Court Historic District Act, the Gingerbread Hill and the Old Town historic districts. These districts, if not the entire Marblehead Historic District, are administered by the Old and Historic Districts Commission, which governs on proposed changes to within-district structures.[6][5]: 11 

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Fort Sewall". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  3. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for General John Glover House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  4. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Jeremiah Lee Mansion". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  5. ^ a b Virginia A. Fitch and Kathryn Kubie (October 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Old Town and Gingerbread Hill / Marblehead Historic District". National Park Service. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help) (text document available for download here click on "NR" button, although accompanying photos are not available there)
  6. ^ Pam Peterson (September 17, 2015). "Marblehead 101: The Historic District". Marblehead Reporter and/or Wicked Local. Retrieved March 10, 2015.