In the early 1900s, Showers Furniture Company was "the world's largest," supplying Sears, Roebuck & Co. across the U.S. The main manufacturing plant was located in what is now Bloomington's City Hall. The Showers family owned many of the houses in Bloomington's historic district. One of the most distinctive was at 430 North Washington (the current site of Showers Inn), which originally served as the Wm. Edward Showers family home and was later owned by Robert Graham. An early example of the "Free Classic" style in Bloomington, the home was designed by architect John Nichols and built in 1903 at a cost of $10,000. It was probably the most expensive private dwelling built in Bloomington up to that point. Its external features include Corinthian-style columns and carved garland trim. A formal walled garden is located at the rear of the house. The Showers-Graham House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties.