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Fred Hugh Bremerman Photograph Collection

Identifier: DADA-069

Scope and Contents

The Fred Hugh Bremerman Photograph Collection consists of interior and exterior photographs of residences and other structures designed and/or built by Hugh Bremerman or others, including Marion Carlton Smith and Leslie F. Ayres, between circa 1930 and 1970. Many of the properties have been identified, but many remain unidentified and undated. Many of the residences that have been identified are located in north Indianapolis, including the Meridian Hills area. Unidentified residences are believed to also be located in the Indianapolis area and Marion County.

The collection also contains photographs of the circa 1929-1931 construction of the addition to the Marshall County Hospital in Plymouth, Indiana. Also included is a photograph album of the 1935 Indianapolis Home Show, depicting the centerpiece home for that year, designed by Leslie F. Ayres. Many of the photographs were taken by Indianapolis-area photographers, including: Miner and Allen, Inc., George Courtney, Jr., Liang Shen-Courtney Studio, and Bass Photo Company.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1970

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment.

Biographical Note

Fred Hugh Bremerman was a native of Indianapolis, IN and lived in the state for most of his life. A portion of Bremerman’s early career was spent with Donaldson and Sons, a subsidiary of Ulen and Company (construction company) located in Lebanon, IN, where he served as Manager. It is believed that Brermerman returned to Indianapolis in or around 1933.

In Indianapolis, Fred Hugh Bremerman became involved in professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Indianapolis Home Builders Association, and the Indianapolis Real Estate Board. An architect and builder, Bremerman frequently collaborated with other designers in the Indianapolis area, including Marion Carlton Smith, Leslie F. Ayers, and Orval Williamson. Many of the homes designed and/or built by Bremerman are located in neighborhoods in north Indianapolis, including Brendonwood and Meridian Hills. Some of Bremerman’s most recognizable work in the Indianpolis area include the centerpiece home for the 1950 Indianapolis Home Show and the original clubhouse for the Meridian Hills Country Club.

In 1951, Fred Hugh Bremerman moved to Naples, FL, where he became an active member of the community. Of his many achievement in Florida, Bremerman was the founder and director of the First National Bank of Naples and an appointed member of the City of Naples General Contractors Board. Together with his son Dale, Hugh established Bremerman and Son, Inc., which was responsible for the design and construction of numerous commercial buildings in Naples. As in Indianapolis, Bremerman continued to design and built numerous residences in and around the Naples area, including Jamaica Towers, his final project.

Fred Hugh Bremerman passed away in Naples, FL on October 6, 1969 at the age of 69.


1 Cubic Feet (3 letter manuscript boxes)


The Fred Hugh Bremerman Photograph Collection is arranged in loose chronological order and divided between identified and unidentified projects.

Custodial History

The Fred Hugh Bremerman Photograph Collection was received by the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment as a donation from the Lebanon Public Library, via Eric Spall, on September 20, 2021.


No additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Originals

A photograph album documenting the work of Donaldson and Son is located in the collections of the Lebanon Public Library. Photographs documenting the Naples, FL projects of Fred Hugh Bremerman are located in the collections of the Naples Historical Society.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/04/15 by Cody Sprunger. Finding aid created 2022/04/19 by Cody Sprunger.

Fred Hugh Bremerman Photograph Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository

Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA
765-285-3726 (Fax)