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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 10, 2017 12:10 pm

Lincoln Tower to turn red, white and blue Saturday night

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

The Lincoln Tower will display its new patriotic colors Saturday.

Tippmann Group, which owns the building, and Old National Bank, the building's largest tenant, announced they have worked to upgrade the building's exterior lighting. Programmable colored LED lights have been installed and can be set to display color combinations during holidays and special events.

The new lighting will make its debut at dusk Saturday night when the top of the tower turns red, white and blue to honor veterans.

The lights have been tested, including green and red lighting during a TinCaps baseball game. The process, officials said, is similar to what has taken place at the Empire State Building and other buildings.

Completed in 1930, the 22-story Lincoln Tower was Indiana's tallest building until 1962. It was Fort Wayne's tallest building until 1970.

"We thought this would be an excellent way for us to draw attention to the historic Lincoln Tower building and the downtown Fort Wayne headquarters of Old National Bank," Joe Wharton, general manager of Tippmann Group, said in a statement.

"We also want to say thank you to all veterans who have served the United States, giving us the ability to enjoy the freedom that we have today."

The lighting upgrade cost almost $100,000, Wharton said Friday.

The energy-efficient LED lighting uses less than half the wattage of the current fixtures while providing the same brightness, officials said.

Some of the holidays on the schedule for special colored lighting include Independence Day, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.