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Property Name Oehler Mill Complex
Reference Number 13000314
State Wisconsin
County La Crosse
Town Shelby
Street Address W5539 and W5565 County Road MM
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/22/2013
Areas of Significance
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The Oehler Mill Complex is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for its local significance under National Register (NR) Criterion C, architecture. It is significant at the local level with a period of significance of 1862-1907, dates encompassing the construction of the mill and the associated buildings of the milling complex. Research was undertaken to assess this potential utilizing the NR significance area of Architecture, a theme that is also identified in the State of Wisconsin's Cultural Resource Management Plan (CRMP). This research centered on evaluating the resources in the Complex utilizing the Italianate Style and Stone Construction subsections of the Architectural Styles study unit, and the Milling subsection of the Industry study unit portions of the CRMP. 17 The results of this research are detailed below and determined that the Complex's fine stone and brick Astylistic Utilitarian Vernacular Form flour mill building and its two fine associated brick Italianate style houses are locally significant under Criterion C, architecture. The mill is a now exceptionally rare example of an early rural flour and grist mill and its significance is heightened by the fact that the houses of Valentine Oehler and Gottfried Oehler, the two brothers who built it and ran it, are both extant and are situated on either side of it.


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