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Merchant Huxford House

Verbatim: ‘Most Endangered’ structures are listed

Statement issued Thursday:

Fort Wayne, November 17, 2010: ARCH released the 2010 “Most Endangered” list at the annual Design Awards Ceremony this evening. 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 2010 List in August, and accepted such nominations until September 30. After reviewing the nominations and notifications to property owners, ARCH announced the following list at tonight’s awards ceremony:

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, being nominated to the National Register, 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. Humpty-Dumpty sign and Decatur Rd. Scott’s cornucopia sign are both threatened with the vacancy of the buildings that they once advertised. They represent a generation of large custom-built signs that once adorned the city.

5. Historic resources on the Taylor University Fort Wayne campus, West Rudisill Boulevard, are threatened with vacancy and uncertainty over their future use.

6. South side of 800 block of W. Washington Blvd. – several homes are threatened with vacancy and decay.

7. Two county-owned Byron Health Center houses on the National Register, threatened with relocation or demolition.

8. Dawson’s Root Beer stand (S. Anthony Blvd. at East Rudisill Boulevard) is threatened with vacancy and decay.

9. S.F. Bowser building (Creighton St.) This building will soon be vacated by the FW City Police Department. It is threatened with the loss of the principal tenant, and uncertainty over future use.

10. Log cabin on Decatur Rd. is a single pen log house dating to c. 1845. It represents one of only a handful of remaining log houses in Allen County. Deteriorating mortar, broken windows, holes in the roof and vegetative growth on and through the logs threaten the stability of this unique structure.

11. 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 non-replacement of adequate numbers of trees, and non-use.

12. 1006, 1014 and 1016 Broadway threatened with vacancy and decay.

Removed from the 2009 List:

New York Central Freight depot (4th and Clinton Streets) threatened with vacancy, decay and uncertainty over future use. Demolished in October, 2010.

Photographs of the 2010 Most Endangered List can be found at

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