203 Louisiana Avenue

The Fralic Building

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The Fralic Building:

 

This commercial Italianate-style building at 203 Louisiana is said to be of architectural interest by historic building inventory assessors.

It was built in 1906, by Richard Fralic who from the late 1880s, until that year was identified with the fruit business here. In addition, he had a dray and truck line business at one time.

The building site near the southeast corner of Louisiana and East Second Streets was purchased by John Eberly in 1867. He subdivided the corner into six sites, retaining the north 22 feet for his shoe store (occupied now by DiSalle Realty Company). Frederick Yeager, former postmaster and mayor, operated a dry goods store a few doors south and in 1869, he bought the subject site abutting the Eberly store from the second owner, Nicholas Emch. 

Mr. Yeager later sold it to Fort Meigs Lodge I. O. O. F. and in 1905, Mr. Fralic acquired it for a grocery store. Whether one of these earlier owners built some sort of commercial building before Mr. Fralic bought the site is not known.

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203 Louisiana Avenue

The local newspaper simply reported that he built the present version.  

Interesting building details include gold-painted rosettes on the frieze beneath the cornice and beneath that a pair of corbelled panels. Under that are windows with flush brick and stone trim with keystones over them, and a stone block in the upper center engraved "R Fralic 1906".

Richard Fralic was born in Canada in 1867. It is not known when he came here, but when he died in 1937, the newspaper said he had been in business for about 45 years.

For about 30 or more years (from 1940), Perry Café was located in this building, and for some 20 years after that the Shamrock Inn was the lively occupant. In 1971, it housed McKnight’s Deli Café and it became the Rose and Thistle Pub and Restaurant in 2002.

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