The History

Benjamin Bosse
Tony Hulman
Mary Fendrich Hulman
Mari Hulman George
W. Curtis Brighton
President Harry Truman passes in front of the Court Building during an Evansville campaign visit.

Benjamin Bosse, an Evansville historical figure and local industrialist was responsible for the construction of The Court Building. The Court Building was constructed in 1908 and was originally called the Furniture Building or Furniture Mart as over half of the building was used as furniture display like the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The Furniture Building was built of steel with a reinforced concrete frame. The building first appeared in the city directory in 1909 as The Furniture Building located at 100 -106 Upper 4th Street. The building opened with 21 tenants, but by 1910 the building listed 21 tenants and only five vacancies. In 1940, the building had changed somewhat with many attorneys, insurance companies, and oil producers along with the furniture wholesalers.

Tony Hulman, President of Hulman, purchased the Building in the late 1930's.

The name was changed to The Court Building in 1940. By 1950 there were 65 tenants with only one vacancy. In addition to his many real estate holdings, Tony Hulman owned the Clabber Girl Baking Powder Corporation and later became internationally known as the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mr. Hulman died in the late seventies and for a number of the years, his wife, an Evansville native; Mary Fendrich Hulman served as the Chairman of the company.

After her death, her daughter Mari Hulman George succeeded her as Chairmanof the board and continues in that capacity today.

 Meanwhile, the Court Building encountered hard times in 1970 when the Court House, across the street was closed and the Civic Center Complex opened.  In the lat 70s, a major renovation of the Court Building began and the bulding was completely modernized.  As a part of the renovatios, the richness of the interior was maintained.  The Court Building remains today as a classic example of the early 1900s architecture, while providing the amenities of the current business demands.

In addition to the leadership of Mari Hulman George, W. Curtis Brighton was named President of Hulman & Company and remains so today.  In addition to the ownership of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder Company, and their massive real estate holdings, the Hulman George Family continues to host the 3 largest sporting events in the world.