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Main Street Commercial Historic District

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Located at Main Street and Foster Street, downtown, Dothan, Alabama.
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 31° 13.424    W 085° 23.535
  31.22373333    -85.39225
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAVJH


The District encompasses the old downtown commercial center of Dothan and is characterized by a high concentration of closely spaced commercial and warehouse structures. The buildings in the District span the period of Dothan's early growth from 1885 to 1930. During this time Dothan grew from a small rural town into the trade and transportation nucleus of the Wiregrass, the last area of Alabama to be settled and developed. The District is composed of simple, one-story brick buildings as well as larger, more ornate urban-type structures such as the five-story Young Building.

Contained within this district are a variety of brick, stone and concrete block structures which illustrate the function of the downtown area as the business center of Dothan. This section of the city began losing its importance as a commercial hub in the late 1960's when retail businesses began moving to outlying shopping centers and malls. Many buildings were vacated but efforts to preserve the historical significance of the area continue. The Main Street District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, through the efforts of the Dothan Landmarks Foundation.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Dothan Landmarks Foundation, 1985.


Marker Dedication or Erection Date: April 14, 1988

End of Main Street Commercial Historic District