Starr Historic District

Also known as "The Gas Light District"

High Tower, 326 North 10th Street, Richmond, IndianaPrior to the Civil War, Richmond was a prosperous center of the farm implement industry with an elegant north side residential neighborhood called the Starr District. Many historic structures dating back to the early 1800's are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes such elegant homes as the Scott House.

Starr Historic District comprises an area of the near north side of Richmond, bounded on the south by North "A" Street, on the north by North "E" Street, on the west by the alley between North 9th and 10th Streets and on the east by North 16th Street. This area contains 120 structures of historical significance. The focal point of this historic district is the Hicksite Friends Meetinghouse (Wayne County Historical Museum) between 11th and 12 Streets on North "A" Street.

222 North 10th Street, Richmond, IndianaThe district is an early Victorian neighborhood, perhaps one of the finest remaining in the Midwest. It was an elite residential area of large townhouses and mansions. The dominate style of buildings are; Italianate, Second Empire, Greek Revival, and Queen Anne.

The neighborhood was developed by Charles and Elizabeth Starr who purchased the land from Jeremiah Cox (one of Richmond's Founders). The Starr's moved to Richmond in 1825 after Charles had worked in the export business. The Starr's also developed the area around North "E" Street and Fort Wayne Avenue. The Starr family influenced Richmond's early development and later owned Starr Piano.

The district is an excellent example of the life and times of the period. Many homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and enrolled in the Historic American Buildings Survey. Nearly half of the residents of the district were leaders in Indiana business and industry in the 19th century. Scott House, 126 North 10th Street, Richmond, IndianaThe Starr Historic District is a symbol of that era and to the people who organized, operated and dominated Indiana economic life prior to 1900.

It was never a commercial neighborhood, only a few of the buildings in the district were used commercially. It has always been a residential neighborhood.

Starr Historic District is considered equal in importance to Old Richmond Historic District in terms of preservation planning. The 1969-70 study made by City Planning Associates, Inc. indicates that this district is historically important to the nation.

Family history as well as architectural details of the homes along North 10th Street are available on the "Tenth Street Tour".

This information provided by:

Wayne County Historical Society
1150 North A Street
Richmond, IN 47374
765.962.5756

Photos

Andrew F. Scott House 205 North 10th Street Wayne County Historical Museum
William G. Scott House High Tower House Dual Gables

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Did You Know?

Originally an isolated oasis for stagecoach riders traveling along the National Road, the circa 1839 Huddleston House in Mt. Auburn, Indiana is now open to visitors thanks to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.