Thursday, April 24, 2008

As Mr. Fowler

Richard B. Fowler memorial plaque - Curtis Hall, 2008.

Anyone living in Jamaica Plain during the second half of the 20th century could tell you the slogan of the Fowler real estate business on Centre street. My parents bought their first house through Mr Fowler, and while I couldn't have told you the man's first name, I knew that he was the "Ask Mr. Fowler" guy. I believe that the Robert T. Fowler who married the daughter of Jamaica Plain real estate man R.S. Barrow in May of 1900 was the father of Richard B. memorialized above. The couple left for Aukland, New Zealand after the wedding, only to come back to Jamaica Plain soon after to join or take over the business of the bride's father.

The stone and the plaque sits at the top of the semi-circular driveway in front of the Curtis Hall municipal building on South street. There are two names on the plaque - which has greater prominence? And what does that tell you?

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