The commercial buildings of the National Historic District, located mainly on Silver Street and Gunnison Avenue, between Second and Fourth Streets, were historically the center of retail, civic, and social activity.
Early settlers built stores with false-fronts that mimicked the blocky multi-story look
of commercial downtowns in the east. Some of the buildings were built of stone, brick, and cast iron. Many of these buildings in Lake City are still used by businesses and organizations today.