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Wildwood gets historic status

Neighborhood set along rolling terrain makes national registry

– The Wildwood Park neighborhood has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, officials announced Monday.

ARCH, Fort Wayne's nonprofit historic preservation organization, applied for the designation on behalf of the Wildwood Park Neighborhood Association.

The designation became effective Sept. 18.

Roughly bound by Ardmore Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, Portage Boulevard and Freeman Street, Wildwood Park was designed by nationally prominent landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff. Developed by the Wildwood Co., the team of Lee and his pioneering architect wife, Joel Roberts Ninde, the neighborhood features a rolling topography, winding streets and a mix of early 20th-century architectural styles.

The area is significant in architecture, landscape architecture and community planning, officials said.

It is also home to Fort Wayne's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the John D. Haynes House.

The National Register is an official list of structures and areas worthy of preservation. It does not prevent owners from altering the exterior or tearing down structures, but does confer a degree of protection from federal- or state-funded projects such as highways.

Other districts in Fort Wayne are Indian Village, Williams-Woodland Park, Oakdale, Illsley Place, West Rudisill, Forest Park Boulevard, Lafayette Place and part of the South Wayne neighborhood.