Indiana Landmarks will make repairs before selling the Fraser & Isham Law Office with protective covenants to ensure its preservation.|
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Tiny law office is a bodacious preservation save
The diminutive building nestled at the east end of Fowler’s downtown catches the eye of passersby traveling along Fifth Street. What the 1896 Fraser & Isham Law Office lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character. Indiana Landmarks recently acquired the property to make sure that character is preserved.
Architect J.F. Alexander designed the building’s charming brick & stone façade with an unusual pair of conical-roof topped round bays flanking the front entry – a feature that’s drawn more than one comparison to a woman’s figure. In addition to its eclectic Victorian style, the building is a virtual time capsule. Owners over the decades retained furnishings and belongings of Messrs. Fraser and Isham, including original desks designed by the architect, window seats, and built-in barrister bookcases lined with volumes of period law-books.
The building’s most recent owner, Richard (Dick) Christopher, reached out to Indiana Landmarks several years ago seeking long-term protection for the remarkable property. We nominated the building to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. When Christopher passed away in 2012, his wife decided to sell the building to us, fulfilling her husband’s hopes for the landmark’s preservation. We’ll make some repairs before marketing the property for sale with protective covenants.
For more information about the Fraser & Isham building, contact Tommy Kleckner in our Western Regional Office, 812-232-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.