Main Street Commercial Historic District
Main Street, Middletown, Ohio
+39.51707, -84.4047739°31'01" N, 84°24'17" W
The buildings located within the Main Street Commercial Historic District are representative of Middletown's commercial and financial development and are some ofthe most impressive buildings architecturally in Middletown. The fourteen contributing buildings to the Main Street Commercial Historic District are significant for their association with the commercial and economic development of Middletown that was spurred by Middletown's substantial nineteenth and early twentieth century industrial successes (Criterion A). In addition, these buildings are significant because they represent a variety of architectural styles that embody the characteristics of nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings, which enhances the architectural character of Middletown (Criterion C). Architectural styles represented within the Main Street Commercial Historic District include: the Early Republic Federal style; the Late Victorian Italianate, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, and Romanesque styles; the late nineteenth and twentieth century Beaux Arts and Neo-Classical Revival styles; and the Modern Movement Art Deco style. The fourteen contributing buildings were constructed between 1831 and 1930. The period of significance for the Main Street Commercial Historic District begins in 1831 with the construction of the first building in the historic district and extends to 1930, when Middletown's economic vitality suffered as a result ofthe Great Depression. Because of this economic turn of fate, commercial construction within the Main Street Commercial Historic District halted in 1930 and did not resume in any significant fashion until the late 1960s.
Posted to the NRHP 2-22-2014
- August 6, 2017: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
- August 21, 2014: Added by Dave King