Moses Fowler House (Photo: Ben Ross)|
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See Moses Fowler House at holiday event
Mention the name Moses Fowler in Tippecanoe County and most people will immediately think of the grand house at 909 South Street in Lafayette. The high-style Gothic Revival structure, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, will host Indiana Landmarks’ Western Regional Holiday Open House on December 4.
After moving to Lafayette in 1839, Moses Fowler partnered with John Purdue to open a dry goods store -- the first of many profitable ventures. His success as a banker, and baron of land, cattle, and railroad all contributed to Fowler becoming one of Indiana’s wealthiest citizens during the nineteenth century. The Gothic Revival-style home he built for his family in 1852 reflected his status and wealth.
Fowler based the design of his house on the Duane Barnes House in Middletown, Connecticut, which appeared in A.J. Downing’s Horticulturist magazine in 1851. With steeply pitched roof gables, elaborate barge boards, bay and oriel windows, and a hilltop setting, the house made an impression to match its owner’s community stature.
The equally spectacular interior features white oak and black walnut woodwork, ornamental plaster ceilings and crown molding, decorative stone fireplace surrounds, and leaded glass windows. A 1917 addition built by Fowler’s grandson, Cecil Fowler, expanded the house but maintained the high quality of design.
Following decades of stewardship by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, The 1852 Foundation acquired the property in June 2015 with a goal of transforming the house into a premier special events venue. Come to see the place and enjoy holiday cheer and refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 4.
The open house is free for members, but we request an RSVP at LafayetteHOH15.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact our Western Regional Office, 812-232-4534, email@example.com.