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Old Town Historic District
700s Holmes Ave Huntsville Oct 2011 01.jpg
700 block of Holmes Avenue
Location Huntsville, Alabama
Area 94 acres (38 ha)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Victorian, Colonial/Greek Revival, Arts and Crafts, Federal, Art Deco
NRHP reference No. 78000499 (original)
15000069 (increase)
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 18, 1978
Boundary increase March 17, 2015

The Old Town Historic District was the second historic district in Huntsville, Alabama. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 1978. Roughly bounded by Dement and Lincoln Sts., and Randolph and Walker Avenues, it features homes in a variety of styles including Victorian, Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, American Craftsman, and even Prairie School with homes dating from the late 1820s through the early 20th century.

The Old Town Historic District had its beginnings in 1973, when local architect Harvie Jones suggested to home owners Charles E. and Frances J. Rice that they create another district to include the 19th century homes that remained outside of the Twickenham Historic District. The Rices accordingly began obtaining the necessary petitions and documents to gain first local, then state and finally national recognition for the Old Town Historic District. They were supported in their efforts by then Huntsville mayor Joe W. Davis, Madison County Commissioner Tilman Hill, and Alabama U. S. Senator John Sparkman. The Rices were later honored by the Alabama Historical Commission for their contributions to historic preservation, and in 2009 a small park in Old Town was named after them.

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