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ARCH announces endangered structures list, ARCHIE award winners

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Homes potentially the way of a West State Boulevard renovation project and the Fort Wayne Police Department's former building on East Creighton Avenue are among those on the endangered structures list announced by ARCH, a local historic-preservation group.

ARCH, which has announced an endangered list annually since 1992, also presented ARCHIE awards, which recognize outstanding restoration work. The list and awards were announced at the annual Design Awards Ceremony held Wednesday night at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Endangered list

ARCH invited endangered structures list nominations in August, and accepted them until Sept. 30. After reviewing the nominations, ARCH announced the endangered list includes:

1. Merchant-Huxford House, 520 Tennessee Ave., is threatened with vacancy and decay. The house was the home of one of Fort Wayne's early mayors and legendarily contains timbers from the last fort in Fort Wayne.

2. Brookview/Irvington Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is threatened by public works projects including the demolition of most houses south of State Boulevard.

3. Fairfield-Nestel House, 815 W. Creighton Ave., is threatened with decay and vacancy. The Italianate villa-style house was once part of Asa Fairfield's 240-acre farm.

4. Historic Roadside architecture like the Humpty-Dumpty sign, Dawson's Root Beer stand, and other iconic decorative elements of the 1930s through the 1960s are threatened with the vacancy and changing uses of the buildings that they once advertised. They represent a generation of large, custom-built signs and exuberant roadside buildings that once adorned the city.

5. Historic resources on the former Fort Wayne Bible College campus, on the north side of West Rudisill Boulevard, are threatened with demolition, vacancy and uncertainty over their future use.

6. Two county-owned Byron Health Center houses listed in the National Register of Historic Places are threatened with vacancy and demolition.

7. S.F. Bowser building, on East Creighton Street at Bowser Avenue, was recently vacated by the Fort Wayne Police Department. It is threatened with uncertainty over future use and possible demolition.

8. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's historic resources, including the street tree canopy in historic neighborhoods and Foster Park Pavilion No. 3 and other New Deal-era park structures are threatened by the death and removal of thousands of trees, and lack of adequate continuing maintenance.

ARCHIE Award winners

Winners are:

Restoration of a Single-Family House:

*Commended: Belay Corporation and Preston Allen Homes for projects at 825 W. Washington Blvd. and 3934 Fairfield Ave.

*Winner: Joe Leksich for restoration of a Sears Kit house at 4026 South Wayne

Avenue.

Restoration of an institutional/non-profit building:

*Winner: New Haven Area Heritage Association for restoration of the New Haven Depot

Leonard G. Murphy Award for the Restoration of a Commercial building:

*Commended: Tim Hall and Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot for the restoration of the Cass Street Depot

*Winner: Nyla Doswell, and Tom and Shawna Nicelley for restoration of 1627 N. Wells St.

Good Stewardship Award for the ongoing preservation of an Allen County Landmark:

*Allen County Highway Department for the restoration of the Bostick Road bridge

Award for Sympathetic New Addition to a historic property:

*Amy and John Beatty for 450 W. Oakdale Drive

Multifamily Restoration:

*Don and Judy Anderson for 915-917 W. Berry St.