I’ve been increasingly curious about the original owner of 210 E. 8th. She was a single woman named Susan Fawcett who does not appear to have been a member of a prominent or otherwise established family. She bought the land in 1835 and had the building constructed in 1838. That seems pretty progressive for a woman of that time when most working women were, well, “working women.” And early city directories are curiously lacking business listings at this address despite the fact that it seems to have always had commercial spaces on the first floor; and the first two known uses of the building are as a boarding house and a men’s salon. Susan was lucky at love. A few years after running whatever business she was running at the Arnold’s location she got married. Although downtown land was at a premium at the time, she and her new groom wanted to rid themselves of the building for some reason and sold it. There may be other explanations for the building’s early history, but the case for Arnold’s being the site of one of the city’s early brothels seems pretty strong.