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Burwell A. Million - Walter Schlechte House
1315 E. Chandler Avenue
Historic Homes of Evansville, Indiana

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This home is unparalleled in the neighborhood of Lincolnshire. Although Georgian Colonial in design, it varies from other district examples by featuring a flat roofing line and a unique, arched stairway window. Aesthetic touches made to the exterior of the home in 1952 included painting the red brick a porcelain gray, and replacing the original squared columns and flat roof of the front entryway. The homeowners enhanced the entry with floral-designed wrought iron columns supporting a sloping, copper roof. Of note in the interior is the early 1800s marble mantelpiece, taken from the old Lowenthal home on Second Street.

The original owner of this home was B.A. Million, an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is noted for writing the Million Analysis and Survey, a book with a press run of 100,000 copies. In 1952, Walter and Dorthea Schlechte bought the home. He served for 30 years at Old National Bank, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1966. Mr. and Mrs. Schlechte were both very active in civic and community causes. Dorthea was a founder of a free art gallery for the benefit of the university students, and helped to establish the Wesselman Park Nature Center.
Joan Marchand - Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the Indiana Humaties Council - Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development and the Greater Lincolnshire Neighborhood Association.

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