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  • Courtesy city of Fort Wayne City officials announced Tuesday that Kensington Boulevard has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 am

Kensington Boulevard put on Historic Places register

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne's Kensington Boulevard is now on the National Register of Historic Places, city officials announced Tuesday.

“The neighborhood is extremely honored to include the Kensington Historic District within our association,” Michael Vorndran, neighborhood representative, said in a statement. “Kensington Boulevard residents have a special love and appreciation for our grand boulevard, are thrilled about the continued growth in the area and are very excited about receiving the designation.” 

Other Fort Wayne neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places include the Southwood Park Historic District, the South Wayne Historic District, the North Anthony Boulevard Historic District, the Lafayette Place Historic District, the Indian Village Historic District, the Illsley Place-West Rudisill Historic District, and the Foster Park Historic District.

There are more than 170 properties in the Kensington Boulevard Historic District, which is between State Boulevard and Niagara Drive. Most of the homes in the designated area were built between 1917 and 1955, in a variety of architectural styles, including Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and American Foursquare. There is also an Italiante house built about 1870, before the boulevard was developed.

“It's important to recognize our city's unique history and architecture,” Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement. “Designations such as this bring recognition not only to Kensington Boulevard, but to our entire community.” 

The North Anthony Area Association worked with the city and state's historic preservation offices to nominate the area to the National Register. The project was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund. The fund is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. 

dgong@jg.net