Historic 1913 Aicher House Saved
On March 16, 2017 the Town saved a 1913 historic house that originally built by Jupiter pioneer Harry Aicher when he was a teenager. The house was located across the street from Old Town Hall Park on Florida Avenue. The previous owner of the house, Dana Anderson, agreed to donate it to the Town. The Town temporarily moved the historic house across the street to the Park while considering a permanent location. On April 7, 2018 the Town relocated the house to Sawfish Bay Park, where it will be interpreted in conjunction with the 1915 FEC Train Depot Museum.
Historic Facts about the 1913 historic house:
- It was built on property owned by Dr. Ferdinand Constantine Aicher, who owned all of the area around Town Hall Park.
- Constantine Aicher was married to Ella May Carlin, the third child of Charles and Mary Carlin (Carlin House and Jupiter Life Saving Station). Constantine was employed by William Sperry for the Sperry House from 1904 to 1909.
- Harry Aicher (a Town Councilor from 1928-1930) married Alma Blount (aka Alma B. Holden) in 1925, and ran the Aicher Store in “West Jupiter” and was the Jupiter postmaster from 1934-1953.
- The house remained in the family by Alma B. Holden (previously Alma Aicher) until 1983.
- The Aicher and Carlin families were prominent Jupiter Pioneers.
- The house is an example of the local vernacular architectural style or Cracker style that was characteristic of the simple and uncomplicated life of the pioneer times of Jupiter.
- The original structure, walls and floors are constructed with Dade County Pine that is coveted for its strength and ability to repel bugs.
- Restoration of the Aicher house is currently underway and should be completed by the end of 2019.
- At this time the Aicher house is not open to the public, but the adjacent 1915 Jupiter FEC Train Depot is opened twice a year for public viewing.
- The next Train Depot open house is tentatively scheduled to coincide with the upcoming Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association Holiday Parade in December 2019.