The three Matthew brothers were brick masons and built this house for farmer and grocer Durant A. Oakley. In 1900, the house was purchased by Francis C. Hawkins, whose livery stable and stock business was just two blocks east on S. 1st Street. The one-story cross-gabled brick house has an entrance porch in the front reentrant angle, which is supported by three slender wooden columns and embellished with brackets. A distinguishing feature of the house and a trademark of the Matthew brothers’ buildings is that the same brick is used for interior walls as on the exterior. The soft baked brick they made and used has a sandier finish than modern, kiln-fired brick. The Rogers Historical Museum moved into the Hawkins House in 1982, and in 1987 a large gable-fronted brick extension was added for exhibition space. It is connected to the house by a new entrance. Around 1894, the brothers built a row of speculative brick residences on S. 4th Street, of which only number 1016 remains unchanged.
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Rogers Historical Museum (Francis C. Hawkins House)
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