ARCH issued this news release today:
November 14, 2013: ARCH released their annual “Most Endangered” list and ARCHie award winners at a ceremony November 14 at the History Center. ARCH has compiled a list of endangered historic resources in Allen County since 1992. The listing includes architectural treasures and unique local landmarks that are threatened by changing uses, vacancy, deterioration, obsolescence or nearby new development. ARCH began accepting nominations to the “Most Endangered” list in August 2013. After reviewing the nominations, ARCH announced the following list:
- Brookview-Irvington Park Neighborhood – This National Register-listed historic district is threatened by a public works project that could potentially demolish houses along State Boulevard and alter the character of the neighborhood.
- Historic Roadside Architecture – Brightly colored and lit signs and eye-catching architecture were hallmarks of the 1930s through the 1970s. As time has passed, these signs and architectural gems are threatened with changing uses and vacancy. The Hillcrest Theater sign was already rescued once, when it was moved to its current location when the theatre was demolished. Now, it is threatened by the potential development of its current site.
- Bethany and Schultz Halls, Fort Wayne Bible College Campus – These resources, located on the north side of West Rudisill Boulevard are threatened by vacancy and uncertainty over future use.
- S. F. Bowser Administration Building, Creighton Street – A reminder of Fort Wayne’s world-leading role in the manufacture of gas pumps, it has been threatened by uncertainty over future use and possible demolition after the Fort Wayne Police Department vacated this building.
- Statues and Tree Canopies, Fort Wayne Parks – In Memorial Park, a statue dedicated to Olen J. Pond and Veterans of the World War sits headless and in need of repair. Statues in other Fort Wayne Parks are threatened with similar issues. The effects of the Emerald Ash Borer have been felt across the city as street trees have been removed. Street trees are known to have positive impacts on neighborhoods including lower utility costs and increased property value and should be replanted to take advantage of these benefits as well as to maintain the historic design of the area.
- Foster Park Pavilion No. 3 – This Park-Rustic structure sits on the west side of the park and is threatened by lack of use and vandalism. New Deal-era resources represent a threatened legacy in our public parks that transformed the role of parks in public life.
- Joseph and Elnora Bash Hughes House, 1122 West Wayne Street – Built c. 1877, this Queen Anne home was damaged by a fire last year. The home has been stabilized but is threatened by vacancy.
- Downtown Historic Resources: The downtown blocks bordered by Webster, West Wayne, West Berry and South Harrison streets, and the block bound by Ewing, Fairfield, Brackenridge and Jefferson have been targeted for redevelopment and plans call for the demolition of historic resources. Downtown development, especially that using taxpayer dollars, should embrace existing historic resources to create more dynamic growth.
- Historic Township-era Schools: Franklin School, Hillcrest School, Elmhurst High School – The Franklin School, located on St. Mary’s Avenue is threatened by vacancy and demolition. Hillcrest School on East Tillman Road is threatened with possible demolition by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority. The Elmhurst High School is threatened by vacancy and uncertainty over future use.
- Former I.O.O.F. Hall, 402 E Jefferson Boulevard – Local architectural firm A.M. Strauss and Associates designed this mid-century modern-style building which has been the home to the Oddfellows organization and more recently, a church. Fire damaged, the now vacant structure is threatened by vacancy, uncertainty over future use and demolition. ARCH is hopeful that a recent ownership change will lead to stabilization and revitalization of the building. As mid-century architecture begins to become historic, preserving and revitalizing these post-war buildings becomes important.
- C. F. Bleke Farmhouse, 13212 North Lima Road – A reminder of Allen County’ s agricultural beginnings, this c. 1875 farmhouse owned by Charles F. Bleke. The future of the farmhouse is uncertain, but it is currently unoccupied and in need of repairs.
- Hanselmann House –Renowned architect Michael Graves’ first residential commission and only remaining Indiana residence, this unique Modern home is threatened by vacancy as it sits on the market awaiting a new owner. Another Michael Graves commission in Allen County, the Snyderman House, was demolished by suspected arson in 2002.
- Award for Single-Family Rehabilitation: Joel and Ellen Sauer for the rehabilitation of the home at 1110 West Washington Blvd
- Commendation for Single-Family Rehabilitation: Home Replay, LLC for their rehabilitation of the residence at 1105 Garden Street
- Award for Commercial Rehabilitation: Metro Realty/Brian Schaper for the rehabilitation of the commercial building at 2219 South Broadway
- Commendation for Commercial Rehabilitation: Thomas and Lois Eubank for the rehabilitation of the commercial building at 4005 South Wayne Ave
- Special Award for Preservation: Robert and Pam Michel, for the restoration of 1753 West Main Street and the restoration of the Findlay Fort Wayne and Western Railroad Depot