The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 am

1967 to 1970: Construction of Fort Wayne National Bank building

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

The PNC Center has been a part of the downtown skyline for more than half a century.

Construction on the West Berry Street structure, first known as the Fort Wayne National Bank building, began in 1967 and the bank opened for business in it on May 11, 1970.

At 26 stories and a height of about 339 feet, it passed Lincoln Bank Tower as the tallest building in Fort Wayne by about 27 feet and held the title until the building now known as Indiana Michigan Power Center opened in 1982.

Lincoln Tower had been the tallest building in the city since 1930 (and in the state until 1962).

On the Fort Wayne National Bank building's opening day, Lincoln National Bank ran a full-page ad in The Journal Gazette.

“Congratulations,” it said. “From the little building down the street.”

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