Shelbyville Commercial Historic District

Roughly bounded by Broadway, Tompkins, Mechanic, and Noble Sts., Shelbyville, Indiana

A Public Square is the focal point of the district, superimposed on a cross formed by Harrison and Washington Streets

Photos 

Charles Major School

1. VIEW NORTH SHOWING SOUTH (SOUTH) ELEVATION

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

Charles Major School is within the Shelbyville Commercial Historic District. The historic district is pending National Register approval. The structure is a 2-story brick building constructed in 1922. There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the actual significance of the structure. The building on its own does not exhibit outstanding architectural style. In addition, it is not a particularly good example of the institutional architecture constructed during that period. The building was named after Charles Major, a local writer of childrens' books. A statue depicting a young boy from one of Major's books, "The Bears of Blue River," was placed outside of the main entrance of the school. It has since been moved to the Town Square. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IN-201)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 9, 1984
Reference number
84001638
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Victorian; Other architectural type; Arts & Crafts
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic function
Business
Current function
Business
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant years
1822; 1935
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 149
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 45

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • December 7, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos

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