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Courtesy Indiana Landmarks
Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District is among the 10 most endangered.

Neighborhood makes endangered list

– The Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District on Fort Wayne’s north side and the section of State Boulevard that winds through it were included on the 2013 Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list.

Indiana Landmarks on Thursday announced its list of 10 most endangered locations that is created annually to recognize Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy.

The Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District is a neighborhood recognized for its picturesque natural beauty, landscape design and landmark houses by female architects, according to Indiana Landmarks.

A plan by traffic engineers to widen State Boulevard to four lanes would alter the historic landscape of the neighborhood, destroy historic houses and a bridge and violate George Kessler’s National Register-listed park and boulevard system, Indiana Landmarks said.

The proposed $11 million project calls for two travel lanes in each direction and a softer curve near Eastbrook and Westbrook drives to improve safety, city officials said.

The new alignment – which would require about $3.2 million in property acquisitions – would provide more capacity than the 20,500 vehicles that travel it daily.

City officials say the upgrade will improve flood control, traffic flow and pedestrian and motorist safety, while preserving the historic aspects of neighborhood streets.

In addition to the Fort Wayne location, the 2013 list includes six other new locations: Anderson Athletic Park Pool in Anderson; the Bowen House in Delphi; Eagle Cotton Mill in Madison; Flanner House Homes Historic District and Phillips Temple in Indianapolis; Kingsbury Ordnance Plant Employment Office in Kingsbury; and Walkerton Church in Walkerton.

Since the first 10 most endangered list in 1991, 92 historic places have appeared on the list, according to Indiana Landmarks.

jcrothers@jg.net

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