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Downtown Emporia History

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Downtown Historic District

Downtown Emporia was designated a Federal and State Historic District in 2012, thanks to the efforts of Emporia Main Street staff and volunteers. The Downtown Historic District isn't just a destination, but also a symbol of our commitment to sustainability, entrepreneurship, preservation and community pride expressed through reinvestment in our unique community assets.

The Downtown Historic District encompasses 18 city blocks, centralized around the intersection of 6th Avenue and Commercial Street. The district is home to a number of two- and three-story Italianate-style buildings from the 1860s, built soon after Emporia was founded in 1857. The 600 block of Commercial Street features the dazzling Granada Theatre built in 1929 Spanish Revival style architecture, as well as two Gothic Revival style churches.

A Brief History of Emporia

by Christy Davis, Davis Preservation

Historic Photo Gallery

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