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History – NHLD

The Marshall Historic District comprises an outstanding collection of remarkably intact nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture in a small-scale American city.

Today, Marshall is most famous for being the home of the largest National Historic Landmark District in the small urban category in the entire United States. With over 800 buildings, Marshall’s district is known throughout the United States as being a virtual encyclopedia of America’s most popular styles during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The architectural styles that can be found in Marshall include Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Italian Villa, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Beaux-Arts Classical and Art Deco.

SIGNIFICANCE

The city once served as the bustling commercial, political and social center of the surrounding agrarian region. The district is a virtual encyclopedia of America’s most popular styles during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Most houses are built of wood, but many are executed in brick or yellowish-brown Marshall sandstone quarried locally.

DESIGNATION(S)

1991, National Historic Landmark

SIGNIFICANT DATE(S)

1830-1930, era in which buildings were constructed

ORIGINAL APPLICATION

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