Metamora Crossroads Historic District Metamora Crossroads Historic District Metamora Crossroads Historic District
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Metamora Crossroads Historic District
Oak and High streets, Metamora - Lapeer County
Other Names Village of Metamora
Property Type district
Historic Use COMMERCE/TRADE
DOMESTIC
GOVERNMENT
RELIGION/religious facility
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE
DOMESTIC
RELIGION/religious facility
Style Gothic
Greek Revival
Italianate
Narrative Description The three-and-one-half acre Metamora Crossroads Historic District is located at the four corners created by Metamora (Oak Street) and Dryden (High Street) Roads. Its fifteen buildings include modest religious, residential, governmental, and commercial structures reflecting brick and wood-frame construction and vernacular interpretations of Greek Revival, Gothic, and Italianate styling. Although most of the district's buildings were constructed between 1850 and 1910, most retain their original use and continue to serve the residents of their surrounding community.
Statement of Significance The significance of the Metamora Crossroads Historic District stems from two sources. The Village of Metamora is an early rural Lapeer County settlement that began as a pioneer way station, grew to become Metamora Township's agricultural supply, governmental, and commercial center, and later prospered as a railroad trans-shipment point for locally grown agricultural products and incoming manufactured goods. Because the village stopped growing before World War I, but never entered a period of serious decline, the preserved condition of its architecture and small-town functions makes it a prototypical reflection of early rural economic development in Lapeer County. Second, the district contains good vernacular examples of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century architectural styles in its residential, commercial, governmental, and religious structures. With its array of Greek Revival, Gothic, and Italianate buildings, the Village of Metamora embodies the distinctive characteristics of types and periods of design important to an understanding of rural Michigan's architectural history.
Period of Significance 1800-1899
1900-1910
Significant Date(s) 1850, 1910
Registry Type(s) 07/19/1984 National Register listed
Site ID# P23852