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Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Architecture on the Square

Rutherford County, Tennessee

 
 
Architecture on the Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Architecture on the Square Marker
Inscription. Almost all of the buildings that surround the courthouse now date from after the Civil War.

Constructed in a restrained frugality more than stylistic choice, these structures replaced the earlier stores and warehouses that composed the antebellum streetscape around the town square. Fire, abuse, and the intentional demolition of residential, religious, and commercial properties for their materials conspired to deprive both the county seat and Rutherford County as a whole of much of its original architectural heritage.

The few contemporary photographs of Murfreesboro that have survived the war hint at a conservative architectural tradition -- one that primarily consisted of simple Federal style buildings featuring central entrances, symmetrical facades, and very little ornamentation. These solid two-story brick store buildings demonstrate the stability achieved by their owners only two generations removed from the frontier. But stability led to prosperity, and prosperity demanded new and up-to-date improvements.

The expansion of local businesses began well before the interruption caused by the war. The coming of the railroad in 1851 ensured Murfreesboro’s success as a center of trade. More improved structures were need to meet the demands of more sophisticated customers who patronized the establishments.
Architecture on the Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Architecture on the Square Marker
The devastation caused by the war can be seen as a mixed blessing, since in many cases it cleared the way for the construction of large, attractive, and well ventilated buildings that would better serve a modern clientele.
 
Location. 35° 50.782′ N, 86° 23.546′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of North Public Square and North Maple Street, on the left when traveling west on North Public Square. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Rutherford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Pubic Square, Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Griffith Rutherford (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Murfreesboro (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding of the County (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutherford County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Murfreesboro Confederate Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Murfreesboro Raid (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1860s View of East Main Street (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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