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As one enters the town from the northwest on US 52 one will encounter a log cabin placed in a small park. This was brought to the park in 1976. The cabin is a one-and-a-half-story building with a shed-roof lean-to on one side. The logs for the walls have been squared up; the windows are six lighted and double hung. Continuing on Main Street, just before Lydia Street, one finds the former Ossian Opera House of 1893. The building is unusual in its design; it's more the type of structure one would expect to find in a parklike setting. The two-story gabled portion is flanked by a shed-roof section and an entrance loggia to the street front. It is sheathed in clapboard, and shingles are employed in the gable end.

Situated at the northwest corner of Brook and West Avenue is a one-and-a-half-story Eastlake cottage in brick. The gable ends continue T-shaped braces, and under the eaves is a wide entablature covered with sawed work, almost Gothic Revival in flavor. A new brick porch has replaced the original one at the front.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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