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Fort Wayne Architectural History

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Fort Wayne Architectural
History

Embassy Theater
(The Emboyd)
Firehouse No. 3
John Claus Peters House
General Anthony Wayne Statue
Lakeside Rose Garden
Owner:
Clyde Quimby
Address:
125 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Date of Construction:
May 14, 1928
Cost:
1.5 million
Year dedicated:
1928
Architect:
Charles M. Niezer, Oscar Fox, Robert Fox
Style of Architecture:
Spanish Electic
Arichitectureal Features:
Underground basement and tunnels, balcony
Materials:
Brick, cement
Original Use:
Movie Theater
Current Use:
Live performances, plays, music
Restorations:
1990 original carpet, lace curtains, light fixtures
Interior Design:
French marble outter lobby, black and white Italian mable inner lobby, marble grand staircase,
motifs (decorative design or pettern) in Spanish,
Moorish( a style of architecture common in Spain from the 13th to 16th centuries; characterized by horseshoe-shaped arches),
indian and oriental designs.

Interesting Facts:
25 years the biggest stars of stage and screen made an appearance at the Emboyd stage: Perry Como; Lawrence Welk; Louis Armstrong; Tony Bennett; Chico Marx; Doris Day; Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway; Donald O’Connor; Marilyn Maxwell; Red Skelton; Victor Borge; and Artie Shaw
Siginificant Happening:
Great Depression
Citations:
http://fwembassytheatre.com/home.htm
http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0#complete=0&q=fort+wayne+embassy+theater+architect+location&safe=active
http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/BldgHistories.htm

Owner:
Fort Wayne Fire Department
Address:
226 W. Washington Blvd.
Date of Construction:
1893
Cost:
Not presented
Year Dedicated:
1893
Architect:
Wing & Mahurin
Style:
Romanesque Revival
Features:
Arched doorway, stall openings in brick, stone belt course above a row of brick dentil on main facade.
Materials:
Brick
Original Use:

Firehouse
Current Use:

Fort Wayne Firefighter Museum, Old No. 3 Firehouse Cafe.
Restorations:

1907 doubled in size, 1909 added another wing.
Interior Design:
Two stories and fire pole
Interesting Fact:
Bell tower, cities largest firehouse

Significant Happening:
Gold Rush
Citations:
http://www.fortwaynefiremuseum.com/
http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/BldgHistories.htm

Owner:
Private
Address:
832 W. Wayne St.
Date of construction:
1885
Cost:
$8,000
Year dedicated:
1885
Architect:
Wing & Mahurin
Style:
Richardson Romanesque
Features:
Brick walls accented by rock-faced stone lintels and string courses, and a large Syrian-arched enterance
Materials:
Stone, brick
Original Use:
House for John Claus Peters
Current Use:
Offices for ARCH
Interior design:
Fireplace surroundings, moldings and stair rails of intricately carved wood, stained glass windows, and hard wood floors.
Interesting Facts:
John was born to German immigrant parents.
Significant Happenings:
Grover Cleveland elected
Citations:
http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/BldgHistories.htm
http://history1800s.about.com/od/timelines/a/1880-1890-timeline.htm
Address:
Freimann Square
Date of construction:
1793-1794
Cost:
$30,000
Year dedicated:
1794
Architect:
Henry K. Bush-Brown
Style:
Sculpture
Features:
Bronze statue, supported by pink granite
Materials:
Metal, granite
Original use:
Memorial
Current use:
Memorial


Interesting facts:
Was very involved with politics. Chairman of the Chester county committie, deputy of Provincial convention, ratified U.S. constitution because he was a member of Pennsylvania convention
Significant happenings:
Honoring win of war Stony Point, 1779.
Citations:
http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/latest-news/2500-city-announces-plans-to-relocate-anthony-wayne-statue.html
http://www.nps.gov/vafo/historyculture/waynemonument.htm


Address:
1401 Lake Avenue & Vermont - part of park
Date of construction:
1908
Cost:
$17,500
Year Dedicated:
1908
Architect:
Adolph Jaenecke
Style:
Garden
Features:
Foot bridges, extensive floral garden, sunken garden, concrete pavilion like structure.
Materials:
Stone, concrete
Original Use:
Memorial for Rosa Parks
Current Use:
Recreation


Interesti
ng f
acts:
1500 roses can be found there with over 150 varieties.
Significa
nt h
appenings:
French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip
Citations:
http://www.fortwayneparks.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=176%3Alakeside-park-a-rose-garden-&Itemid=33
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMF0JE_Lakeside_Rose_Gardens_Ft_Wayne_IN
http://www.visitfortwayne.com/locations/lakeside-park-and-rose-garden#.UqeL8Kyv-So
http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1908
Lincoln Tower/ Tower Bank Building
Lindenwood Cemetary
Old City Hall/ The Historic Center

Address:
116 E Berry St.
Date of construction:
October 1929
Cost:
$1,300,000
Year dedicated:
1930
Architect:
Alvin M. Strauss
Style:
Art Deco
Features:
Main entrance seven bronze panels. Depict scenes from Abraham Lincoln's life. Inside lobby two mural symbolize elements of nature. Signs of the Zodiac that are depicted on lobbys ceiling.
Materials:
40 miles of wire, 1,774 tons of structural steel, 21,250 cubic feet of cut stone, 58 tons of terra cotta, 500 tons of marble.
Original use:
Office building
Current use:
Office building, bank
Restorations:

Replacement of all windows throughout the building. Restorations and refining of the exterior. Pressure washing, re-caulking and re-gold leafing the top of the tower. Restoring of common areas to the original architecture. Polishing and repair of the elaborate brass detailing in the foyer.
Interior design:
Milford granite, italian marble, hand wrought bronze, Vermont marble, Indiana limestone.
Interesting facts:

Used for scenes in the 1996 movie "In The Company of Men"
Significant happenings:
William Howard Taft, resigns as chief justice
Citations:
http://www.archfw.org/TheLincolnTower.htm
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMBA3A_The_Lincoln_Tower_Fort_Wayne_IN
Packet: "Tower Bank"
http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1930
Owner:
Cemetery west of Lindenwood Avenue, leased to city of Fort Wayne
Address:
2324 West Main St.
Date of construction:
July of 1859
Year dedicated:
1860 on first burial
Style:
Romanesque
Features:
Grave stones
Materials:
Cement
Original use:
Burial ground
Current use:
Burial ground

Interesting facts:
Most of Fort Wayne's father are burried there.
Significant happenings:
Lincoln was elected the day it was opened.
Citations:
http://www.dignitymemorial.com/lindenwood-cemetery/en-us/history.page
http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/books-publications/hbr/lindenwood-cemetary.pdf

St. Vincent Villa
The Old Fort
Owner:
Roman catholic Archdiocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend
Address:
2000 N. Wells St.
Date of construction:
1886 or 1887
Cost:
$500,000
Year dedicated:
1932
Architect:
A. M. Strauss
Style:
Mission/ Spanish revival
Features:
Brick building, 4 stories plus basement.
Materials:
Brick, iron, limestone, terra cotta
Original use:
Recreation & culture/ religion, orphanage
Current use:
Recreation & culture, social
Interior design:
First floor had the chapel, sacristy, parlor, dinning room, sewing room, kitchen and bakery, Second floor had 2 school rooms, 4 bed rooms for sisters, sewing room, spare room, nursery, infirmary, Third floor had a 2nd infirmary, spare room, linen rooms, bathrooms, Fourth floor had linen rooms and large dormitory.
Interesting facts:
1905 a laundry, play-house, and hennery were added to the grounds.
Significant happenings:
Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC
Owner: Historical Society
Address:
1201 Spy Run Avenue
Date of construction:
1815-1816
Year dedicated:
2004
Architect:
Major John Whistler

Ma
ter
ials
:
Wood
Original us
e
:
Defense fort
Current use:
Historic tour/ museum

Interesting facts:
Designed purely for defense against Native Americans
Significant happenings:
Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon defeated by Wellington & Blucher
Citations
http://www.oldfortwayne.org/
http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1815
Citations

Owner:
Private
Address:
302 E. Berry St.
Date of construction:
1893
Cost:
$69,806 including 1,889 for inerior furnishing
Year dedicated:
April 20, 1893
Architect:
Wing & Mahurin
Style:
Richardsonian Romanesque
Materials:
Sandstone
Original use:
City Hall
Current use:
Museum
Restorations:
1885-1889 new building
Interesting facts:
Served as headquarters for the Allen County- Fort Wayne Historical museum since 1980
Significant happening:
Willem I resigns as king of Netherlands
Citations:
http://www.archfw.org/OldCityHallHistoryCenter.htm
http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1840
http://www.ywca.org/site/c.duLQK8OVLmK6E/b.8111169/k.36D1/History_of_YWCA_Northeast_Indiana.htm
http://historical-places.findthedata.org/l/32233/St-Vincent-Villa-Historic-District
http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1886
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