There are so many special buildings and places to love in Fletcher Place, but this one is a standout, as it is so unusual compared to other homes in the area.
The earliest listing for the property found in old city directories were from 1877, where residents on both sides of the double did not yet seem to have an address number, but were listed as living “ne corner Harrison and Concordia.” Those first listed occupants were railroad engineer, Charles W. Tyler, who worked for the I. C. & L. Railroad company in the western half and Orpheus Williamson, a switchman for the I. P. & C. Railroad company.
Fletcher Place is one of the city’s protected historic neighborhoods, under the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. In the Fletcher Place Historic Preservation Plan, this structure is known as the “Schwier Cottage,” having been owned by Christian and Christina Schwier as a rental property. And what might rent have been decades ago? Half of this double was available to rent for $11 per month in 1893.
Also of note: the address numbers seemed to change as frequently as the renters.
As you wander the streets of Fletcher Place, it’s easy to miss the remnants of quaint streets like these that were butchered by the installation of the interstate. This neighborhood is seen at its best by walking or biking at a leisurely pace.
Don’t miss Sharon Butsch Freeland’s HI Mailbag column about Fletcher Place and Wood Lawn
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