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ARCH endangered-structure list dips to 8

ARCH released its list of this year's most endangered structures, with the number decreasing from 10 to eight since last year.

Topping the list is the Merchant-Huxford House at 520 Tennessee Ave., the home of one of Fort Wayne's earliest mayors. According to legend, the house contains timbers from the last fort in the city. The list also includes the S.F. Bowser building on Creighton Avenue recently vacated by the Fort Wayne Police Department.

ARCH Executive Director Michael Galbraith said the list is released to raise awareness of the conditions of these structures. He said the release of the list also makes neighbors notice and buys the organization time to work with owners.

The list was released at the annual Design Awards ceremony Wednesday night, along with winners of this year's ARCHIE Awards.

ARCH, which advocates for protecting and preserving historical and culturally significant structures in the area, has released the endangered list for 20 years. The list 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," according to a news release.

Galbraith said the awards were competitive this year, drawing nominations from across Allen County, including New Haven, downtown Fort Wayne and the city's south side.

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