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May Is Historic Preservation Month

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, here are 10 Things to Know About Historic Preservation in Fort Wayne
Information is provided by the City of Fort Wayne’s Historic Preservation Planners

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1. Bottle Works Lofts Is Featured on the Annual Historic Preservation Month Poster. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released its annual National Historic Preservation Month poster. Different types of historic resources are highlighted every year, and this year Fort Wayne is featured! The theme of the poster is historic Coca-Cola plants in Indiana, and the Fort Wayne Coca-Cola Bottling Plant at 1631 E. Pontiac Street is among the featured buildings. The bottling plant is now Bottle Works Lofts; home of 31 apartments. Learn more.




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2. The Landing is Fort Wayne’s and the State of Indiana’s First Historic District. The Landing Historic District in downtown Fort Wayne was designated in 1965, and it was the city’s first historic district. In fact, The Landing was the first historic district of any kind in the state of Indiana. Learn more.



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3. Turner Chapel AME Church Is Fort Wayne’s Newest Local Historic District. Located at 836 E. Jefferson Blvd., the church was constructed in 1927. It is significant for its Gothic architecture and for association with Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the first African American congregation in Fort Wayne. It is also significant for local Civil Rights activities by the church in the 1960s. Learn more.




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4. West Central Historic District is Fort Wayne's Largest and Oldest Residential Historic district. West Central was designated as a local historic district in two phases in 1984-1985. It was listed in the National Register in 1984. The district contains virtually all architectural styles that were popular between 1830 and 1950. Learn more.





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5. Fort Wayne has 6 multiple property local historic districts and 80 individual local historic districts. An example of a multiple property district is the Williams Woodland Park Historic District. Old City Hall (The History Center) is an individual local historic district. Learn more.





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6. Fort Wayne has 17 districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places and 40 single property National Register listings. An example of a National Register district is the Lakeside Historic District. A new brochure with a map and history of the area will be available soon! The Embassy Theatre is an individual listing on the National Register. Learn more.





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7. The Chief Richardville House (Akima Pinšiwa Awiiki ) is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. The Pinšiwa (Richardville) House is a rare and nationally significant example of a treaty-negotiated residence, built in 1827. It represents the resolve of Civil Chief Pinšiwa and the Myaamia (Miami) people to remain on their traditional lands within the expanding United States. When built, this was the finest house in northern Indiana. It was the primary home of Pinšiwa from 1827 to his death in 1841, and today it is owned and operated by the History Center. Note—the official NHL name of the house is in the Myaamia language. Learn more.



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8. The Allen County Courthouse is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. Completed in 1902, the Courthouse was designed by Fort Wayne architect Brentwood Tolan; it is a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style. The exterior of the building has unending classical features, and details that reflect local history. The interior has original murals and sculptures, scagliola (faux marble), unique tile floor designs, and abundant stained glass. Learn more.








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9. The Johnny Appleseed burial site is the oldest National Register Listing in Fort Wayne. John Chapman (1774-1845) was a pioneer, missionary, and businessman who planted orchards that provided apples (and hard cider) to settlers on the frontier. He died near the Archer family cemetery, where he was buried. The gravesite, listed in 1973, is the pioneer National Register listing in Allen County. Learn more.



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10. The South Side Farmers Market on Warsaw Street has been a local historic district since 2001. At the South Side Farmers Market rural life and agriculture, as well as fresh meat, produce, and flowers, can be found in the midst of urban Fort Wayne. The market began in 1926 and is owned and operated by the Allen County Producers Association. The market structures are unlike any others in Fort Wayne, representing the only location in the city with the feel of a historic fairground. Learn more.

Historic Preservation Commission Agendas

Historic Preservation Commission meetings are normally held in the OMNI Room (Rm 025), Garden Level, Citizens Square Building, 200 E. Berry St, Fort Wayne, Indiana at 5:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month.


January 27: Agenda

February 24: Agenda

March 23: Meeting Cancelled

April 13: Agenda (Special Meeting, Teleconference)

April 27: Meeting Cancelled

May 18: Agenda (Teleconference)

June 22: Agenda (Teleconference)

July 27: Agenda (Teleconference)

August 24: Agenda (Teleconference)

September 28: Agenda (Teleconference)

October 26: Agenda (Teleconference)

November 23:

December 14:



January: Agenda

February: Agenda

March 12: Agenda (Special Meeting)

March 25: Agenda

April 22: Agenda

May 20: Agenda

June 24: Agenda

July 22: Meeting Cancelled

August 26: Agenda

September 23: Agenda

October 28: Agenda

November 25: Agenda

December 16: Meeting Cancelled



January 22: Meeting Cancelled

February 26: Agenda

March 26: Agenda

April 23: Agenda

May 21: Meeting Cancelled

June 4: Agenda (Special Meeting)

June 25: Meeting Cancelled

July 23: Agenda

August 27: Meeting Cancelled

September 24: Agenda

October 22: Agenda

November 26: Agenda

December 17: Agenda



January 23: Agenda

February 27: Agenda

March 27: Agenda

April 24: Agenda

May 22: Agenda

June 26: Agenda

July 24: Agenda

August 28: Agenda

September 25: Agenda

October 23: Meeting Cancelled

November 27: Agenda

December 18: Meeting Cancelled



January 26: Agenda

February 22: Agenda

March 28: Agenda

April 25: Agenda

May 23: Agenda

June 27: Agenda

July 25: Agenda

August: Meeting Cancelled

September 25: Agenda

October 24: Agenda

November 28: Agenda

December 19: Agenda



January: Meeting Cancelled

February 23: Agenda

March: Meeting Cancelled

April 27: Agenda

May 18: Agenda

June 22: Agenda

July 27: Meeting Cancelled

August 24: Agenda

September 28: Agenda  

October 26: Agenda

November: Meeting Cancelled

December: Meeting Cancelled



January: Meeting Cancelled

February: Meeting Cancelled

March 24: Agenda

April 16: Agenda

May 19: Agenda

June 23: Agenda

July: Meeting Cancelled

August 25: Agenda 

September 22: Agenda 

October: Meeting Cancelled

November: Meeting Cancelled

December: Meeting Cancelled



January: Meeting Cancelled

February 25: Agenda

March 25: Agenda

April 22: Agenda

May 20: Agenda

June: Meeting Cancelled

July: Meeting Cancelled

August 26: Agenda

September 23: Agenda

October 15: Agenda

November 18: Agenda

December: Meeting Cancelled

Historic Districts

The Historic Preservation Commission is involved with three possible types of historic districts in Fort Wayne:  local historic districts, local conservation districts, and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These three types of district designation are separate and independent.  One property may have more than one type of designation.  Local historic districts and National Register listings may also contain a single building or historic resource.  The Local Historic District designation is the most common.  To download a Petition for Local Historic Property or District Designation, click pdfPETITION.

For more information about the meaning of each designation, the benefits received from each designation and the process by which to apply, please download the appropriate PDF:

Read a newsletter article discussing Fort Wayne's Local Historic Districts here.  

What historic sites are in Fort Wayne?

Fort Wayne has many historic sites.  Please see the pdfMAP to see an overall view of the sites.  There are many historic landmarks in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Click pdfHISTORIC DOWNTOWN FORT WAYNE to download a brochure of these. A list of all historic sites in Fort Wayne can be downloaded by clicking on pdfHISTORIC DISTRICTS. The list includes all properties in Fort Wayne and Allen County that have obtained any type of historic designation.  Each entry includes the historic name of the property or district, the year of listing (in parentheses), and the address whenever possible.  The types of historic designation are:

  • Local Historic District
  • Indiana State Register of Historic Places
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
  • National Historic Landmark

Selected items below have links to maps or additional information.

pdfAtlantis Travel Building

pdfBlackstone Building

pdfBrookview-Irvington National Register District

pdfBusiness Equipment Company

pdfCathedral of Immaculate Conception

pdfColumbia Avenue Historic District

pdfDr. Merchant W. Huxford House

                                    pdf Dr. Robert and Susie McKeeman House

pdfForest Park Boulevard Historic District

pdfFort Wayne Parks & Boulevard System National Register District

pdfFort Wayne Printing

pdfFoster Park Neighborhood Historic District

pdfIllsley Place - West Rudisill Historic District

pdfIndian Village Historic District

pdfInternational Harvester Tower

pdfKnights of Pythias

pdfKresge-Groth Block

pdfLafayette Place Historic District

pdfNorth Anthony Blvd National Register District

pdfOakdale Historic District

Prairie Grove Chapel and Cemetery

pdfRahe-Foster-Sack House

pdfRev. Jesse & Ionie White House

pdfSalomon Farm

pdfSchmitz Block

pdfSchroeder's Clothing

pdfShawnee Place Historic District

pdfSmith Field

pdfSouth Side Farmer's Market

pdfSouth Wayne Historic District

pdfSouthwood Park Historic District

pdfSt. Peter's Square

pdfSt. Vincent Villa

pdfThe Landing

pdfWest Central Historic District

pdfWildwood Park Historic District

pdfWilliams Woodland Park Historic District




Historic Preservation Commission

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What is the HPC?

The Fort Wayne Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a seven-member mayoral appointed body. Commission members are residents of the City who are interested in the preservation and development of historic areas and include professionals with experience related to history, architecture, construction, and other disciplines related to historic preservation. Qualified Historic Preservation Planners in the City's Community Development Division serve as staff to the HPC. The HPC is empowered to preserve and protect historically or architecturally worthy buildings, structures, sites and districts which serve as visible reminders of the historic heritage of the city.  The HPC enforces the provisions found in the pdfFort Wayne Historic Preservation and Protection Ordinance (Chapter 151 of City Code).

Historic Preservation Staff

Don Orban: Planner II - Historic Preservation
Phone: (260) 427-2160 / E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creager Smith: Planner - Historic Preservation
Phone: (260) 427-2161  / E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District Administration

For locally designated historic properties and conservation districts, the HPC and staff provide pdfdesign review, and issue approvals for changes to designated properties that are subject to public view.

Public Meetings

The HPC schedules monthly public meetings to review requests for proposed changes to locally designated historic properties. The Commission meets on the fourth Monday of most months at 5:30 p.m. in the OMNI Room (basement) of Citizens Square (date and location are subject to change). The public is welcome to attend all meetings of the Fort Wayne Historic Preservation Commission. See Agendas.    

The HPC has granted its staff permission to approve Certificates of Appropriateness in certain situations. In these cases, review by the full commission is not necessary. Ask the HPC staff if a Commission Review or staff approval is applicable for your project.

Technical Assistance

    • The HPC staff is available to the public to provide design assistance and technical information related to the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings.
    • Architectural and historic research assistance is available from HPC staff to groups or individuals involved in revitalizing historic areas and/or the rehabilitation or interpretation of historic properties.
    • Assistance is available with the preparation of both Local Historic District petitions and National Register of Historic Places nominations.
    • The staff assists other city and county departments and non-profit agencies undertaking projects that affect historic areas and buildings.
    • HPC staff assists neighborhoods interested in historic or conservation district designation.

Preservation Planning

The HPC staff assists neighborhood associations, businesses and others in interpreting and implementing approved Neighborhood and Community Development Plans. The staff also has the task of revising and updating adopted plans and reports as well as providing the historic components of other plans prepared by the City.

Environmental Review

The Historic Preservation Act of 1966 mandates detailed analysis of historic significance, determination of potential eligibility for listing on the National Register, and the assessment of the effect that federally funded projects have on eligible buildings or areas. The HPC staff provides required historic preservation review for some federally funded projects such as housing rehabilitation programs.

Other Services Provided by HPC Staff

    • Design Assistance [HPC staff cannot prepare your plans or design your project]
    • Assistance selecting exterior paint colors
    • Assistance selecting building materials
    • Assistance developing landscaping plansHP pink house web
    • Research assistance including:
      • Historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
      • Extensive building information files
      • Historic photos of Fort Wayne
      • National Register nominations
      • Local Historic District nominations
      • General product information (HPC cannot make product recommendations)
      • On-site technical support
    • Library with information on:

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