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Foster Park pavilion No. 3

2012 ARCH lists

ARCH's most endangered structures and ARCHIE Awards

Most endangered

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

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

7. S.F. Bowser building on Creighton Avenue was recently vacated by the Fort Wayne Police Department. It is threatened with uncertainty over future use and possible demolition.

8. Fort Wayne Parks Department historic resources, including the street tree canopy in historic neighborhoods and Foster Park pavilion No. 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.

ARCHIES

Restoration of a single-family house

Commended: Belay Corp. and Preston Allen Homes for projects at 825 W. Washington Blvd. and 3934 Fairfield Ave.

ARCHIE winner: Joe Leksich for the restoration of a Sears kit house at 4026 South Wayne St.

Multifamily Restoration

Don and Judy Anderson for 915-917 W. Berry St.

Restoration of an institutional/nonprofit 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 N. Wells St.

Good Stewardship Award for ongoing preservation of 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 W. Oakdale Drive

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