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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Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN, before demolition

The former Home Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana has been closed. The approximately 20 acre site has been sold to an, Indianapolis based, group of investors, Columbian Park Redevelopment LLC.

The hospital building is due for demolition starting in January of 2013. As I type this, they have started with internal demolition and Asbestos removal. Before the external demolition is started, they plan to erect an 8 foot high security fence around the property.

Before the fence is erected, or the building was demolished, I took the opportunity to get some pictures of it.

These are some of the pictures, taken on January 5th, 2013. I tried to get pictures from most angles around the site. There are 30 in total.


Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

To see the rest of the 30 pictures taken at Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN ( a set on Flickr) CLICK HERE

Work at Home Hospital site to begin before 2012 ends | Journal and Courier | jconline.com

Work at Home Hospital site to begin before 2012 ends | Journal and Courier | jconline.com.

via Work at Home Hospital site to begin before 2012 ends | Journal and Courier | jconline.com.

 

In the new year, demolition of the old Home Hospital, in Lafayette, IN, is due to begin.

 

It looks like this will be a good photo opportunity, to get pictures before it goes forever.

 

I guess I have a mission over the Christmas period …