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Viets Block

Picture of property 427, 429, & 431 State Street
Augusta (Butler County)
Listed in National Register Apr 16, 2012

Architect: Switzer, J.
Area of Significance: department store; specialty store; multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Commercial Style

The Viets Block is a two-story building located on the southwest corner of the intersection of State Street and 5th Street in downtown Augusta. This key corner building, which occupies three city lots, developed over many years in the early 20th century and today retains its Commercial-style appearance, its traditional storefronts and recessed entrances, tile entry, and glass transoms. Mercantile proprietor Charles A. Viets developed the property in about 1900 and later contributed to major renovations in 1916 and 1923, which gave the building its current appearance. The building's first floor housed two regionally important department stores - the Viets clothing and dry goods store during the early 1900s and later Calvert's department store. The second floor served as meeting space for the local Elks lodge for about twenty years. It was nominated for its local commercial history and its Commercial-style architecture.

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