Defining the character of the Cedar Street Historic District

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Slocombe, Amy
Eggink, Harry A.
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Department of Architecture
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The Cedar Street Historic District, located in Manistee, Michigan, is a neighborhood that has retained many of its historic residences which serve as reminders of the city's heyday. Manistee, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan in the northwestern region of the lower peninsula, had a prosperous past as a major lumber manufacturing city. At the turn of the century, it was the third largest shipping port on the lake next to Milwaukee and Chicago. Manistee residents who made their fortunes in lumber built some of the finest houses in the region. A large majority of thoseresidences are located in the Cedar Street Historic District. Two of the mansions in the neighborhood were designed by the renowned Chicago School architect William LeBaron Jenney; unfortunately, they were razed in the 1920s.The boundaries of the district were determined in a preliminary survey of the architecture of the neighborhood. The survey, combined with the historical account of the area and its residents, shows that the Cedar Street Historic District is an excellent candidate for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, guidelines are included to show how the character of the district can be maintained.The possibility of the placement of the Cedar Street Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places may create more awareness of the city's additional historical resources. If the other historic businesses, residences, and public buildings in Manistee are surveyed and documented, there may be enough resources to merit the designation of a Multiple Resource Area. This may allow for greater protection of the city's historic properties.