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August 12th, 2015
Fermor Spencer Cannon

Fermor Spencer Cannon had family ties to the Washington Park neighborhood. Cannon was an Indianapolis native, son of the founder of Railroadmen’s Savings and Loan. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1911, he returned to the city to begin his architectural practice, first with Herbert Bass and later in his own practice. He was equally skilled in the design of residences and large commercial structures. He designed the Interurban Freight Terminal (1920s), at that time the largest in the U.S. In 1927 Cannon designed Butler (now Hinkle) Fieldhouse at Butler University (NHL). A testament to sound design, the building is still in use today. Cannon’s residential designs were just as sound. In 1918 he designed a home for his parents in Washington Park, located at 4014 Pennsylvania. The brick and stucco Craftsman house is smaller than the imposing brick home he designed for them in Johnson Woods (NRHD) in 1925 where he also designed at least two other homes. Throughout his career he was associated with the Architect’s Small House Bureau, serving as the president of the Lake Division in 1928. In 1931 he moved into one of the last homes he designed at 4235 Pennsylvania. On the Board of Railroadmen’s Savings and Loan since 1923, Fermor was elected president of the savings institution in 1931 after his father’s retirement. Cannon guided Railroadmen’s Savings and Loan through the Depression and until his own retirement in 1954, never returning to his first profession

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