One of Lafayette, IN‘s oldest and richest pieces of history is the Fowler House Mansion. We’re sure you’ve seen it because it sits just outside of Downtown on the corner of South St. and 9th St. If you’ve ever wondered about the history or what goes on there, look no further! Here are some quick facts and resources about the Fowler House Mansion!
Fowler House Mansion History
There is an extensive historical explanation on the Fowler House Mansion Website. However, here are the need-to-knows about the Fowler House Mansion history! The Fowler House Website equips us with all of this information:
Moses Fowler, friends with John Purdue, built the Fowler House in 1852. He married a woman named Eliza Hawkins, and they were cattle farmers when they built the home in “the country” at the time. Back then, the city limits only extended to about present day 6th street! The house has elaborate wood-working, with many original, unique details. This is something that makes this house so fun and interesting to visit.
The home was eventually passed to Moses and Eliza’s grandson, Cecil, and their family. Additions to the home were made,”including a formal, English Tudor-style dining room, a garden room that served as the Fowler’s living room, the Italian-style patio and gardens, complete with terraced steps, fountains, a tea house, and reflecting pool, as well as servant quarters.”
In 1941, after 90 years and their children having grown up and moved on, the Fowler House was sold to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. The TCHA used the Fowler House as offices and opened the doors as a museum. Then, in 2015, a couple, “Matt and Dr. Ann Jonkman, formed the 1852 Foundation to purchase, preserve, and operate this landmark, allowing it to once again be enjoyed by our community as a special events venue.”
Fowler House Mansion Today
“The property is now available to rent for a wide variety of special events, including weddings, luncheons, reunions, meetings, fundraisers, and holiday parties. Other public events will be hosted by the Foundation, including tours, wine tastings, brunches, lectures, fundraisers, parties, and theater events. In addition to restorative work, facility additions and required upgrades are being completed, which include handicap accessible restrooms and a full-service commercial kitchen.”
The Fowler House Mansion hosts some beautiful, public brunches and evening dinners. The next up and coming event is a Sunday Brunch on November 11th, 2018. Click here to view the Eventbrite and get some tickets.
Fowler House Mansion’s Hours, Location, and Reviews
Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M
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