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Main Street Commercial District

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1880s–early 1900s. Main Street
  • Main Street Commercial District (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The two-story commercial buildings along the main street of Oakland date from the 1880s through the early 1900s. The most assertive of these buildings is the Spalti Block (c. 1890), with its strong detailing and contrasting colors. To the left and around the corner from the Spalti building is the bay-windowed S. S. Rust building of 1898. On the other side of the Spalti Block is a turn-of-the-century exercise in well-mannered classicism, the Oakland Savings Bank Building (c. 1910).

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Main Street Commercial District", [Oakland, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 488-488.

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