Updating cattaraugus cemetery

Significance The Oak Hill Park Historic District is an architecturally and historically significant concentration of mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century residential, educational, and religious architecture and landscape design, in the City of Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York.Situated at the head of navigation of the Allegheny River, Olean, an early transportation center, was settled in 1804 and became a prosperous community and a major stopping point for people migrating west until the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.The Oak Hill Park Historic District contains a few properties dating from before the Civil War and has several that were built after the turn-of-the-twentieth century that survive intact.

Many of the dwellings are complemented by intact, late nineteenth century carriage barns or earl twentieth century garages.The more modest houses in scale or design in the Oak Hill Park Historic District are often distinguished by elaborate ornamentation, generally concentrated in the apexes of the gable ends, along cornices or on porches.Buildings of all periods, styles, methods of construction, materials, and levels of craftsmanship and design are fairly evenly distributed throughout the district, illustrating the random, yet orderly, subdivision and development of land over an extended period of time.In the 1830's and 1840's, Olean continued to grow as a small commercial and agricultural center for the region.The coming of the Erie Railroad at mid-century, augmented Olean's growth with an emphasis on tanning and lumbering as the main industries.The boundary coincides with the legal (Tax Map) lot lines of the city parcels associated with the nominated buildings.Excluded are areas with heavily altered historic buildings.Primarily residential in character, the majority of the dwellings are detached and display a variety of decoration.The boundary of the Oak Hill Park Historic District is drawn to include all of the contiguous, architecturally and/or historically significant resources that retain sufficient physical integrity to meet the National Register criteria.The majority of the dwellings are wood frame construction, and are sheathed with clapboard siding or synthetic siding (asbestos, aluminum or vinyl), in some cases installed over the original clapboard.Some residences have a combination of surface treatments such as wood shingle siding, (both plain or decorative, flush board siding and half-timbering with stucco).

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