Indianapolis historic homes - Frederick Fahnley residence
Designed by architect Francis Costigan and built in 1865, this home became known as the Fahnley House by 1914. Frederick Fahnley, born in Wüerttemberg, Germany in 1839, immigrated to the United States at age 15 in 1854. At age 22, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Fahnley as a postmaster in Medway, Ohio.
Fahnley moved to Indianapolis in 1865 and started Fahnley McCrea, the city's first wholesale millinery. Fahnley's home was built using limestone sourced from the Stinesville, Ind. Big Creek quarry, which still operates today.
Designed in the lavish Beaux Arts style, this home's ornate and palatial appearance graced 350 N. Meridian St. until it was razed in 1922. In 1923 Frederick Fahnley died and the current Indianapolis Athletic Club building was completed on the home's former site.
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