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Central Marfa Historic District Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places

Judd Foundation

May 5, 2022

Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation are pleased to share that the Central Marfa Historic District, including eleven buildings preserved and repurposed by Donald Judd, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The listing is the first time that Judd’s approach to architecture and preservation has been recognized as historically significant at the federal level.

This addition to the National Register acknowledges the historical, architectural, and cultural significance of the City of Marfa, the importance of the town’s Hispanic heritage, and its growth as a mercantile center from the late nineteenth century into the postwar period. The district’s listing further recognizes eleven buildings Judd acquired and adapted between 1973 and 1994, today maintained by Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation.

The Central Marfa Historic District comprises 183 contributing buildings and architectural resources centered on Marfa’s principal commercial street, Highland Avenue. The district builds on the current historic designations for Fort D.A. Russell, a military base that was active until shortly after World War II, and that of the Blackwell School, the only public institution built for the education of the Mexican American community of Marfa, which it served for more than fifty years.

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