Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District

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Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District
401 1st Avenue SE Cullman July 2012.jpg
Buildings along 1st Avenue & 4th Street in July 2012
Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District is located in Alabama
Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District
Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District is located in the US
Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by 4th and 1st Aves., 2nd and 5th Sts. SE, Cullman, Alabama
Coordinates 34°10′33″N 86°50′24″W / 34.17583°N 86.84000°W / 34.17583; -86.84000Coordinates: 34°10′33″N 86°50′24″W / 34.17583°N 86.84000°W / 34.17583; -86.84000
Area 11 acres (4.5 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian, Brick Commercial
NRHP reference # 85000738[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1985

The Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District is a historic district in Cullman, Alabama. Cullman was founded in 1873 by John G. Cullmann, who purchased land from the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Most early commercial buildings were constructed of wood, with the first brick building, a hotel and restaurant across from the L&N depot, completed in 1881. Most of the early wooden buildings burned, including the C. A. Stiefelmeyer Storehouse in 1892, which was replaced with the current Stiefelmeyer's building. A new post office building was constructed in 1910, at the same time as a major boom in construction. Following a lull during World War I, construction continued in the 1920s, including the First United Methodist Church in 1923. The majority of the 58 contributing structures in the district are one- or two-story brick buildings in basic commercial styles, some influenced by the Chicago School. Notable exceptions are the wooden Italianate Stiefelmeyer's building, the stone Gothic Revival First Methodist Church, and the Neoclassical Federal Building and German Bank building's corner cupola.[2]

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Michael (November 14, 1984). "Cullman Downtown Commercial Historic District" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.  See also: "Accompanying photos" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 


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