The McCarty subdivision, located just south of Walnut Avenue and east of Thornton Avenue, could become Dalton’s next historic district.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission approved a request for local historic district designation, including boundary lines, from some of the residents of the subdivision on Thursday during a called meeting.

That request will be presented to the Dalton City Council, probably at its Aug. 7 meeting. If the council accepts the recommendation, the city attorney will develop an ordinance designating the subdivision as a local historic district. That would have first and second readings at subsequent council meetings, according to deputy city administrator Walter Parsons.

If approved, the McCarty subdivision will become the city’s third historic district, encompassing some 42 homes. The current historic districts are Murray Hill and downtown Dalton.

The McCarty subdivision is already on the National Register of Historic Places and has received state recognition.

“But no regulations are associated with those designations. Designating it as a local historic district puts it under the purview of the Historic Preservation Commission,” Parsons said.

The preservation commission would develop rules to preserve the historic character of the area. Some property owners in the city’s existing historic districts have chafed at some of those rules. But some residents of the McCarty subdivision have asked for them.

“This is something the residents of that area have requested,” said Cathy Snyder, vice chairwoman of the preservation commission.

The neighborhood was developed in 1928 by John B. McCarty, founder of Dalton Spread Laundry, which played a large role in the evolution of the carpet industry.

Its homes are a mix of architectural styles popular in the early 20th century, including Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival and Minimal Traditional houses.

In the 1930s and 1940s the subdivision became home to several prominent families in the carpet industry, including Glenn Looper of Glenn Manufacturing, Walter Kennemer and Gerhardt Rauschenberg of Ken-Rau and Robert Mathis of Dalton Rug Mills. Longtime mayor Ollie Hardin had a home in the subdivision, as did department store owners Jack Braver and Samuel Stock.

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