Crenshaw house

The Crenshaw-Hardie House, built circa 1898, is one of the contributing structures in the North College Historic District 

The North College Historic District will get long overdue recognition on Saturday when the Historic Preservation Commission hosts a dedication ceremony to install a marker commemorating the history and architecture in the district. 

The historic marker will be installed on the northwest corner of North College Street and West Drake Avenue in front of the Orr House, a two-story brick and wood frame Colonial Revival house designed by Auburn architect Frank Orr. The house's address is 501 College St.

The historic marker was purchased with the help of the Auburn Heritage Association about seven or eight years ago, said Mary Norman, president of the Auburn Heritage Association.

"It was a long time coming," she said. "We donated toward it, and we of course wanted to make sure that it got erected, so we have been pushing the city to erect it and to get it done.

"We felt that that was the true entrance and that people coming into Auburn would be able to see it, and that was the true entrance to the historic district," she added of the marker's placement. 

Created in 2006, the North College Historic District features a number of historic properties, dating from 1848 though the mid-1930s, that showcase a range of architectural styles, from Greek Revival to Victorian and Dutch Colonial Revival to Mediterranean (Mission).

All of the properties in the North College Historic District are also within the boundaries of the Old Main and Church Street District, which has a National Register designation.

Norman said she is really happy that the marker is finally going up. 

"We need to do more of those in town for people to know what’s going on as far as Auburn’s history is concerned," she said. "We’re losing so much, and sometimes we have to put markers up for places that are not even there anymore. That’s one thing the Auburn Heritage Association tries to do is to put historic markers up to signify what is now and has been historic in Auburn."

The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parking is available at the New Life Hispanic Church at 440 N. College St. and at the University Church of Christ at 449 N. Gay St. 

Another historic marker ceremony planned for September will commemorate Sani-Freeze and Lucky Meagher’s Kindergarten. It will take place in front of Berney Office Solutions on the northeast corner of North College Street and East Glenn Avenue.

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