Moses Fowler House
Lafayette, IN: As announced in August 2012, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association’s (TCHA) Board of Governors, after considerable and careful evaluation, calculation, and deliberation made the difficult, albeit responsible and necessary, decision to divest the organization of the Moses Fowler House, 909 South Street, Lafayette, IN. This decision was not made lightly and is intended to ensure the Fowler House’s long-term preservation and TCHA’s ability to successfully and sustainably preform its core missions. In the time since that decision, TCHA has worked to prepare the property for sale and taken steps to ensure its preservation.
The Fowler House (1852) is a Gothic Revival mansion based on a design published by A. J. Downing. Built by prominent merchant and banker Moses Fowler, the house has had only three owners. Grandson and second owner Cecil Fowler built a sympathetic Tudor Revival addition (1917). It is the finest Gothic Revival house in Indiana and retains an exceptional degree of integrity, including original woodwork, decorative plaster, mantels, windows, faux-graining, and light and plumbing fixtures. The house contains sixteen main rooms on two principal floors plus a full attic and basement. Grand entrance hall, double parlors, library, dining room, living room, ante room, seven bedrooms, five-and-one-half baths. It has been used as a museum since 1941. The original blueprints for the 1917 remodeling and garden re-design survive. The sale will include preservation covenants. The house is located in Lafayette, a city of 98,000 people plus 40,000 students at Purdue University. The Fowler House is located within a vibrant and walkable downtown in a diverse community that boasts numerous festivals, a strong local art scene, award-winning mass transit, and high-quality schools. Approximately 9,000 SF plus full basement.