National Register

Central Avenue Historic District

 Central Ave Plaque downtown 
 downtown downtown 

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Summary of Significance

The Marshfield Central Avenue Historic District comprises the historic commercial center of the City ofMarshfield. The buildings the district contains are locally significant under National Register Criteria A and C. With respect to Criterion A the district contains buildings that have been historically important to the themes of Commerce, Social History and Transportation, all themes that have also been identified in the State ofWisconsin’s Cultural Resource Management Plan. With respect to Criterion C, the district contains fine intact examples of commercial buildings and public buildings designed in the Italianate, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Early Twentieth Century Commercial styles and in the Commercial Vernacular Form. All the district’s contributing buildings were built between 1887 and 1943, and they represent a large proportion of the surviving buildings associated with the commercial and retail history ofMarshfield.

Boundary Description

The Marshfield Central Historic District includes the dense concentration of commercial buildings built between 1887 and 1941 the lineCentral Avenue. On the west side ofCentral Avenue, the district includes the 100 block ofSouth Central Avenue. On the east side of Central Avenue, the district includes the 100 block, the 200 block, and three buildings on the north edge of the 300 block of South Central Avenue; as well as the “00” block, and four buildings on the south half of the 100 block of North Central Avenue. While most of the properties in the district faceCentral Avenue, the boundaries of the area also include the contiguous old City Hall, located on the southwest corner ofEast Second StreetandSouth Maple Avenue.