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.

1887 Sanborn

1887 Sanborn map, showing the property in the lower leftt hand corner, labeled 22 and 24 Harrison Street (courtesy IUPUI Digital Archives)

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.

1898 Sanborn

Same property, 1898, northeast corner Harrison Street and Concordia, renumbered to 722 and 726 Harrison, numbers in parenthesis indicating they had formerly been 716 and 718 Harrison

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.

Fletcher Place

Preservation plan map of Fletcher Place (courtesy Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission)

Don’t miss Sharon Butsch Freeland’s HI Mailbag column about Fletcher Place and Wood Lawn