Earlier this week, the former Masonic Temple in Brazil, 201 N. Walnut St., was vandalized with spray paint.
"I was mad," current owner Zac Chambers told The Brazil Times upon seeing the vandalism. "But I was truly disappointed. This is a beautiful, old building and a vital part of Brazil's history."
The building was erected in 1907. Chambers purchased the building in 2006 and had it rezoned. He moved into the structure in 2007.
Chambers added since he's owned the building, this is the first time vandalism has occurred, although he added the apartment complex to the east of the building was vandalized last year.
The vandalism took place on the north end of the building by a stairwell.
"It looks like the paint can come off," Chambers said. "It's not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be."
Upon discovering the vandalism, Chambers said he immediately called the authorities, which he said were planning to step up patrols in the area.
"Hopefully, whoever spray painted our house will learn the community does not sanction those actions," Chambers said. "More importantly, maybe they will be brought to justice. Whoever they are, they have defaced an iconic part of Brazil's history."
Brazil Police Department Captain Dennis Archer recently told The Times the department believed the vandalism was an "isolated incident."
"We don't have any other reports of spray painting within the city as of yet," Archer said.
Archer added vandalism reports within the city have been at a normal level this year.
"We're always getting criminal mischief complaints," Archer said, adding the department was in the process of investigating a case where the top of a convertible car had been broken into.
"We get occasional thefts from vehicles," Archer said. "Every now and then, we'll get complaints of spray painting of a car. But we haven't seen a big rise in those types of complaints. It's just basically the normal amount we would get."
For now, Chambers said a power washer and mild detergent should be able to clean off the brick, which he added is glaze.
"The paint should come off pretty easily," he said.