Tifton Commercial Historic District

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Tifton Commercial Historic District

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219 Main Street
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Location Roughly bounded by Second and Third Sts., Love, and Central Aves., (original); roughly bounded by Third St., Tift Ave., Ninth St. and Commerce Way, (increase) Tifton, Georgia
Coordinates 31°27′12″N83°30′34″W / 31.45333°N 83.50944°W / 31.45333; -83.50944 Coordinates: 31°27′12″N83°30′34″W / 31.45333°N 83.50944°W / 31.45333; -83.50944
Built 1890-late 1930s
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Chicago, Late Victorian, The Commercial Style
NRHP reference # 86000382 [1]  (original)
94000371 [1]  (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 4, 1986 (original)
Boundary increase April 21, 1994 (increase)

Tifton Commercial Historic District is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1986 and expanded in 1994. The original listing was portions of 10 blocks including buildings from the 1890s to the late 1930s, most built of brick. [2]

Historic districts in the United States group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated as historically or architecturally significant

Historic districts in the United States are designated historic districts recognizing a group of buildings, properties, or sites by one of several entities on different levels as historically or architecturally significant. Buildings, structures, objects and sites within a historic district are normally divided into two categories, contributing and non-contributing. Districts greatly vary in size: some have hundreds of structures, while others have just a few.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

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The district includes the Tift County Courthouse, which is separately NRHP-listed.

Tift County Courthouse

The Tift County Courthouse, built in 1912-1913, is a historic courthouse building located in Tifton, Georgia. It was designed by Atlanta-based architect William Augustus Edwards who designed one other courthouse in Georgia, two in Florida and nine in South Carolina as well as academic buildings at 12 institutions in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. On September 18, 1980, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The amendment in 1994 expanded the district to include four blocks of mostly one- and two-story commercial buildings, including warehouses. The Masonic Lodge building in this area is the only three-story building (see accompanying photo #3). [3]

The amendment in 1994 also recognized contributing building status for the Bowen Building, an Art Deco building built c. 1900 but renovated extensively in 1937 after a fire, which is located at the southwest corner of Third Street and South Main Street. In 1994, the corner tenant in the building was a drug store, and the other portion was a Christian bookstore. [3]

Art Deco Influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes held in Paris in 1925. It combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

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References

  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. Carolyn Brooks (November 26, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Tifton Commercial Historic District". National Park Service . Retrieved August 31, 2016. with 21 photos from 1984
  3. 1 2 Leslie N. Sharp (March 11, 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: increase". National Park Service . Retrieved August 31, 2016. with 12 photos (see photo captions pages 19-20 in text document)