The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana.

The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. This once beautiful, Queen Anne style mansion, has stood on this site, at the corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets, near downtown Lafayette, Indiana,  since 1865.

As of today, Memorial Day, May 26th, 2013, it is awaiting demolition. It had served as a private residence, then in 1929, it was used as the Soller-Baker funeral home. It has stood empty since 1996. It was scheduled for renovation as apartments, or condo’s, but the project was abandoned when it became cost-prohibitive, in 2009. Eventually, the City of Lafayette, eventually bought it, with plans to demolish it and redevelop the site. There have been many additions to the original mansion, whilst it was a funeral home. The brick additions are due to be dismantled first, starting June 4th, the main part of the mansion, about a week later.

Some history of this house, that I found by online research:-

In 1842-1843, John H. Newman and his brother-in-law Abraham Miller established a brewery in the south part of Lafayette near the Wabash & Erie Canal. Miller died shortly afterward and Newman operated the brewery for several years. In December, 1856, Newman purchased a $3,500 piece of property on the east side of Illinois (now Fourth) street south of Alabama Street from James Spears, on which he built his new brewery in 1857.

At about the same time, Newman built a large Italianate brick house with a cupola adjacent to the brewery, on the southeast corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets.

John Newman died on September 1, 1888. In 1895, George A. Bohrer bought out the Newman heirs for the sum of $12,000, acquiring the Spring Brewery and the adjacent Newman House. The house was heavily remodeled for his son, Edward F. Bohrer (who was soon to marry Miss Jennie Powers), with the addition of bay windows, a turret, a large porch, a third floor, and a completely new interior.

Prohibition went into effect in Indiana at midnight on April 2, 1918, closing both Thieme & Wagner and the George A. Bohrer Brewing Co. The George A. Bohrer Bottling Works remained open until about 1929. About that time the Bohrer Products Co., apparently a successor to the brewery, began manufacturing ice cream, selling soda water, and distributing “Cereal Beverages.” The company seems to have lasted until about 1928.

https://www.indystar.com/article/BY/20130328/NEWS02/303280024/Demolitions-hold-promise-of-future-Lafayette-development

http://n2avg.com/?p=703

http://www.jconline.com/article/20130523/NEWS/305230039/Centennial-Neighborhood-eyesores-razed-by-August

http://www.b-levi.com/lafayette/breweries/bohrer.php

 

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