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Oakland presents a classic example of a restored turn-of-the-century downtown that one might find anywhere in the Midwest ( MW087). The town is sited into a hill, its main street running at the base of the hill.

On the hill above the downtown and in the flatlands to the northwest, one will discover a number of modest as well as substantial Queen Anne and Colonial Revival dwellings. One of these is the Vieths cottage (1892), just opposite where Mulberry Street ends at Linden Street. The front of the cottage has a gable end at each side, with an entrance porch between them. The end gables have patterned bargeboards, and within the gabled ends are shingles that curve out over the windows. The gable wing to the left projects a corner bay at a 45degree angle to the adjacent walls. The entrance has a flat roof with cornice and a pair of fluted columns, and leans heavily to the Colonial Revival. Above the porch, in the center of the house, is a second-floor dormer whose walls curve down and out onto the porch roof. It all adds up to an unusual Queen Anne cottage, accompanied by Colonial Revival details.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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