National Register Historic Districts

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The City of Marion has three (3) Historic  Districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.  The City places no architectural or design restrictions on properties within the boundaries of the individual historic districts beyond those found within the Marion Zoning Regulations.  All properties within the boundaries are subject to the Historic Structure Preservation Ordinance that requires the Historic Preservation Commission review and recommendation to the City Council regarding demolition of any structure within a district.

Uptown Commercial Historic District
Nominated in 2009 the Marion Downtown Commercial Historic District is the newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places, approved in late 2009.  It includes the west side of 10th Street from 6th Avenue to 9th Avenue and the north side of 7th Avenue from 10th Street to 12th Street.  This does include City Square Park.  

The Uptown Commercial Historic District has two properties listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Former Carnegie Library (1298 7th Avenue)
  • First United Methodist Church (1277 12th Street)

Terrace Park Historic District

Nominated in 2005 the Terrace Park District consists of 16 dwellings along two north-south streets in part of the Gray and Greene’s Addition.  The district is bounded on the west by 11th Street on the north by 10th Avenue on the south by 9th Avenue and on the east by 12th Street.

 The Terrace Park District was originally situated on a knoll slightly elevated above the surrounding neighborhoods by some early prominent businessmen and community leaders.

Pucker Street Historic District

Nominated in 2002 the “gateway” into this residential district was from 13th Street heading east along 8th Avenue where the earliest homes were built for the communities most influential citizens and where some of the most impressive homes still stand.  This neighborhood was called "Pucker Street", reportedly for the decidedly superior attitude of some of its earliest residents.  This tree-lined avenue was marked by a street originally paved in the early 1900s with asphalt because the ladies that lived along the street did not want a noisy brick street to disturb the peace of the neighborhood.

 The Pucker Street Historic District contains 84 structures as part of the of the District of which 46 are primary buildings with the remaining being carriage houses/horse barns and modern garage structures.
The Pucker Street District has three homes listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places:
  • James & Ida Bowman House (1372 8th Avenue) - Built in 1909 and designed by a well-known Cedar Rapids architectural firm, Dieman and Fisk.
  • Samuel M. Lane House (1776 8th Avenue) - Built in 1868 and an example of Late Victorian / Italianate architecture.
  • Glen & Lucy Pyle House (1540 8th Avenue) - Built in 1924 and is a classic Bungalow / Craftsman design with a stucco exterior finish.