Adrian Downtown Commercial Historic District, photo submitted in 1986. Adrian Downtown Commercial Historic District, photo submitted in 1986.
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Downtown Adrian Commercial Historic District
Roughly bounded by Toledo, N. Broad, E. Church, W. Maumee, and S. Winter streets and the Raisin River, Adrian - Lenawee County
Property Type district
Historic Use COMMERCE/TRADE/department store
DEFENSE/military facility
GOVERNMENT
RELIGION/religious facility
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE
DEFENSE/military facility
GOVERNMENT
RELIGION/religious facility
Style Italianate
Narrative Description The Downtown Adrian Historic District includes most of the central business district of Adrian. While most of the structures are commercial, there is a large number of institutional buildings and several with mixed uses. The vast majority of the buildings within the district are two or three stories in height, and of wood-frame construction with masonry facades and bearing wall. The predominant style is commercial Italianate with a wide variation in decorative detail. The district is centered on Maumee and Main Streets.
Statement of Significance The Downtown Adrian Commercial Historic District is significant for being a well-preserved, compact, and well-defined central business district in one of Michigan's oldest communities. The downtown district is, in its present state, largely a product of the city's most dynamic growth period of 1865 to 1920. However, it retains significant architectural reminders of its earliest days. Many of the buildings within the district are associated with significant persons and/or institutions from the city's past and represent links between early development and modern Adrian. The city's development as an agricultural processing center, county seat, railroad division point, college town, and manufacturing center is evident in the architectural evolution of the downtown area. While the district contains a fine collection of commercial Italianate buildings, it also possesses a variety of significant examples of earlier and later styles such as Greek Revival, Classical Revival, and Art Deco.
Period of Significance 1800-1899
1900-
Registry Type(s) 04/17/1986 National Register listed
Site ID# P23892