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Contributed by Flagstaff City - Coconino County Public Library

A strong interest among the Flagstaff community emerged in the 1970s to document and preserve historical structures around the town. The Flagstaff Historic Sites Commission, the Arizona Historical Society-Northern Division/Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society along with other notable institutions in cooperation with the City of Flagstaff worked toward determining which properties in a given survey area would qualify for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Arizona State Historic Property Inventory Forms were used to document these selections comprising over 1,000 buildings many of which retained their original architectural integrity with minor or no alterations. The criteria for selection was based upon the age of the property being at least fifty years old. Many of the buildings included in this collection were built between the years 1888 and 1935. The results of the historic properties survey including the summary, methodology and historic context of the designated historic districts in Flagstaff: Townsite Historic District, Northeast (or North end) Historic District, Southside Old Town and Railroad Addition Historic District Extension. Historic districts are defined as areas that possess continuity of buildings or structures that are united historically, culturally or aesthetically by plan or physical development. These reports are important in that they provide information for future planning, restoration activities or redevelopment of historic properties. They also serve as a guide to the structural composition and architectural design of residences and businesses during Flagstaff’s early years.

 
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