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Endangered structure at 520 Tennessee Ave.

ARCH acquires landmark home

ARCH, Fort Wayne's Historic Preservation organization, announced Wednesday that they have acquired a landmark home at 520 Tennessee Ave.

They were able to purchase the home through the use of Efroymson Family Endangered Places Loan Fund as part of collaboration with Indiana Landmarks, a partnership that was formed a year ago.

"We are excited to partner with ARCH to save this special historic place in Fort Wayne. Unfortunately, many homes of this age have been lost, and to be able to save this often overlooked 19th Century home is a real meaningful acquisition. We are pleased to be able to support ARCH's efforts," said Todd Zeiger, Director of Indiana Landmark's Northern Regional office.

ARCH plans to rehabilitate the Dr. Merchant W. Huxford home and list it as a City of Fort Wayne Local Historic District. The organization also plans to nominate the home to the National Register of Historic Places.

The home once belonged to Dr. Merchant W. Huxford who built the home circa 1854. Huxford was a druggist and an amateur botanist. He served as a Fort Wayne City Council member beginning in the 1830s; he also served three one-year terms as Fort Wayne's mayor from 1846 to 1848.

According to ARCH there may be significant historical value to this particular home due to the year it was built. The home was built after the demolition of the last remaining building of the final Fort Wayne. Local lore has it that timbers were salvaged from Fort Wayne and used to build the Huxford home.

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