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Endangered structures, Archie winners named

Statement as issued Thursday by ARCH Inc.:

Fort Wayne, November 15, 2012: ARCH released the 2012 ARCHIE Award and "Most Endangered" lists at the annual Design Awards Ceremony last evening. Held in collaboration with the Downtown Improvement District, this event was held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. ARCH has announced this annual list of the community's Most Endangered Structures each year since 1992. This listing includes prominent architectural treasures, local landmarks, and beloved spots in Allen County that are threatened by changing use, vacancy, deterioration, obsolescence, or nearby new development. ARCH announced a call for nominations for the 2012 lists in August, and accepted such nominations until September 30. After reviewing the nominations, ARCH announced the following list at last night's awards ceremony:

(2012) Endangered List

1. Merchant-Huxford House (520 Tennessee Ave.) is threatened with vacancy and decay. The house was the home of one of Fort Wayne's early mayors and legendarily contains timbers from the last fort in Fort Wayne.

2. Brookview/Irvington Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is threatened by public works projects including the demolition of most houses south of State Street.

3. Fairfield-Nestel House (815 W. Creighton Ave.) is threatened with decay and vacancy. The Italianate villa style house was once part of Asa Fairfield's 240-acre farm.

4. Historic Roadside architecture like the Humpty-Dumpty sign, Dawson's Root Beer stand, and other iconic decorative elements of the 1930s through the 1960s are threatened with the vacancy and changing uses of the buildings that they once advertised. They represent a generation of large custom-built signs and exuberant roadside buildings that once adorned the city.

5. Historic resources on the former Fort Wayne Bible College campus, on the north side of West Rudisill Boulevard, are threatened with demolition, vacancy and uncertainty over their future use.

6. Two county-owned Byron Health Center houses listed in the National Register of Historic Places are threatened with vacancy and demolition.

7. S.F. Bowser building (Creighton St.) This building was recently vacated by the FW City Police Department. It is threatened with uncertainty over future use and possible demolition.

8. Parks Dept. historic resources, including the street tree canopy in historic neighborhoods and Foster Park pavilion #3 and other New Deal-era park structures are threatened by the death and removal of thousands of trees, and lack of adequate continuing maintenance.


Restoration of a Single-Family House;

Commended; Belay Corporation and Preston Allen Homes for projects at 825 West Washington and 3934 Fairfield.

ARCHIE Winner; Joe Leksich for the restoration of a Sears Kit house at 4026 South Wayne Street

Restoration of an institutional/non-profit building;

ARCHIE Winner; New Haven Area Heritage Association for the restoration of the New Haven Depot

Leonard G. Murphy Award for the Restoration of a Commercial building;

Commended; Tim Hall and Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot for the restoration of the Cass Street Depot

ARCHIE Winner; Nyla Doswell, and Tom and Shawna Nicelley for the restoration of 1627 North Wells Street

Good Stewardship Award for the ongoing preservation of (an) Allen County Landmark

Allen County Highway Department for the restoration of the Bostick Road bridge

Award for Sympathetic New Addition to a historic property

Amy and John Beatty for 450 West Oakdale

Multi-Family Restoration

Don and Judy Anderson for 915-917 West Berry Street

Photo gallery

  • To see more photos of Allen County's most endangered structures, click here.

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