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Our History

In the early 1900s, Showers Furniture Company claimed to be "the world's largest," supplying furniture through Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogues across the United States. The main manufacturing plant was located in the building that now houses Bloomington's City Hall. The Showers family and its relatives owned many of the houses making up Bloomington's historic district, with one of the most distinctive at 430 North Washington Avenue, the current site of the Showers Inn Bed & Breakfast. The home originally served as the Wm. Edward Showers family home and was later owned by Robert Graham. An early example of the "Free Classic" style in Bloomington, the elegant home was designed by architect John Nichols and built in 1903 at a cost of $10,000. It was probably the most expensive private dwelling built in Bloomington up to that point. Its external features include Corinthian-style columns and carved garland trim. A formal walled garden is located at the rear of the house. The Showers-Graham House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties.

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