Centered between the intersection of Court Street and Wall Street, downtown area buildings offer local residents and visitors a history lesson in mid-19 th through mid 20th century architecture.
“We still have many of the buildings that we're built in early 1800s and are very fortunate to be listed. It’s something that property owners and our entire community can be proud of,” said Suzanne Roland, Calhoun Downtown Development Authority director.
The Calhoun Historic Preservation Commission sponsored the nomination, and was assisted by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission in preparing the nomination materials.
The National Register of Historic Places is the U.S.’ list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts. The list encourages preservation through public awareness, grants and federal and state tax incentives, said Helen Talley-McRae, public affairs coordinator for the state Historic Preservation Division.
“It’s a huge thing for tourists and will draw more people to the area. A lot of people book their trips based on the registry, so people will be drawn to it because it’s listed,” said Roland.
Calhoun is also one of the few downtowns in the nation with a highway (Highway 41) running through it, according to Roland.
The Calhoun downtown district was the center of transportation for agricultural products and general merchandise trade in the mid-1800s, said McRae, but after a tornado and fire in 1888, the downtown was rebuilt mostly in brick and Highway 41 (known then as Dixie Highway) was built along Wall Street.
To see the official listing, or for more information, visit nps.gov or gashpo.org.