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Verbatim: ARCH acquires Broadway buildings

ARCH Inc. issued this news release today:

ARCH, Inc., Allen County’s non-profit historic preservation organization, announces that they have acquired and will begin stabilization of the buildings located at 1014 and 1016 Broadway Avenue in Fort Wayne. These buildings have long been featured on ARCH’s “Endangered List.”

Perhaps best known for the Canton Laundry building, these structures are rare intact examples of 19th century Italianate style commercial architecture in Fort Wayne. The buildings serve as a vital bridge between the West Central Neighborhood and downtown Fort Wayne. The goal is eventual return of these buildings into mixed commercial and residential use as part of Fort Wayne’s Downtown and Broadway Corridor revitalization efforts.

Though a partnership with St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, ARCH has obtained these buildings and will embark on the stabilization of the rear walls and roof. ARCH will work in tandem with the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development office, and has received a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund. This project has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

ARCH is pleased to join St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the City of Fort Wayne in the preservation and revitalization of one of Fort Wayne’s most visible historic districts.

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