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Locust Street Historic District (Florence, Alabama)

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NRHP Reference #  02001065
Added to NRHP  3 October 2002
Area  24 ha
Locust Street Historic District (Florence, Alabama)
Location  Roughly bounded by Pine St., College St., Locust St., and Irvine Ave., Florence, Alabama
Architectural style  Late Victorian, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals

The Locust Street Historic District is a historic district in Florence, Alabama. Situated to the northwest of downtown, the residential neighborhood began to develop during Florence's manufacturing-fueled economic boom of the late 1880s. Several large Victorian houses were built in the area around Thimbleton, an Italianate mansion built on Tuscaloosa Street in 1830. Other smaller Victorian cottages were also built, many by middle-class residents who moved to Florence looking for work or to take advantage of the city's schools.

The next wave of construction began in the 1920s, when two potassium nitrate plants and the construction of Wilson Dam drove the city's growth. Over 85 Craftsman-style bungalows (representing over half of the district's 168 contributing properties) were built. Other larger Craftsman houses were constructed, as well as the only Prairie-style house in the district. Other styles of homes were built in smaller numbers later in the century, including Tudor Revival, Minimalist Traditional, and Colonial Revival.

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

References

Locust Street Historic District (Florence, Alabama) Wikipedia


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