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Market & Apartment building history:
Thomas F. Payne
built what now exists as The New Bradley Building in 1873, as a manufacturing
complex for wooden furniture and casket manufacturing. He operated the business
T.F. Payne & Co. in conjunction with his brother, S. J. Payne, who owned
property directly across Market Street where Market Street Grill now exists. A
written history of Wabash County proclaims, “…it is the largest miscellaneous
cabinet works within 100 miles of Wabash. The establishment he has built up is
the oldest business house of any kind operating in the county to-day.”
would be another seven years before the City of Wabash became the first
electrically lighted city in the world as Brush Arch lamps blazoned the sky from
atop the Court House. Along the turn of the 19th century, horse,
wagons, and trolleys carried merchants, their goods and citizens through a
vibrant downtown Wabash. The Big Four Railroad dropped passengers off from all
over America at the Big Four Depot just three blocks east. It would not be
until 1897, that Paul Dresser wrote his famous tune, “On the
Banks of the Wabash”. The Wabash-Erie Canal, genesis of all the great City
of Wabash expansion, docked canal boats just one block south of the historical
building as early as 1837.
Bradley family completed a major renovation in 1920, converting the structure
into one of the highly sought commercial properties in Wabash. Bradley Brothers
Drugstore became the anchor merchant with men’s clothes, produce and other
retailers taking space at street level. Doctors, lawyers, dentists, insurance
professionals, and other businessmen occupied the second floor, while the third
floor was reserved for residential tenants.
building underwent a second major facelift and remodeling in 2003-2005. Modoc's
Market now occupies the space where the
Bradley Drug Store suffered the famous debacle with
Modoc the Elephant on November 11, 1942, which hit newspaper headlines in
major cities across America.
Studios, one, and
two bedroom apartments now occupy the second and third stories.
The New Bradley
Building is situated within the Wabash Downtown Historic District, property now
recognized by the
National Register of Historic Places.
Modoc’s Market supports
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of
Indiana, which houses office and staff cattycorner to The New Bradley,
preserving our great architectural heritage.