Lincoln Tower lights to shine in color for major holidays in downtown Fort Wayne

The previous lighting on the top six floors of Lincoln Tower, pictured here, has been replaced with a special system of LED lights that can be programmed to shine in various colors to celebrate holidays. The system will debut at dusk Saturday with red, white and blue to salute U.S. military veterans for Veterans Day. ( file photo)

Nighttime in downtown Fort Wayne soon will be more colorful than ever.

The Lincoln Tower will join other downtown buildings lighting up the night with colored LED light displays.

The new lighting system will make its debut at dusk Saturday when the top of the building will turn red, white and blue to honor U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day, said a news release from Tippmann Group, which owns the building.

Tippmann Group, which worked on the lighting project with the building’s largest tenant, Old National Bank, also plans special colored lighting on Lincoln Tower for the following holidays:

• Thanksgiving

• Christmas

• New Year’s Eve

• Valentine’s Day

• St. Patrick’s Day

• Memorial Day

• July 4

The programmable LED lights replace the previous lighting on the top six floors of the 23-floor Lincoln Tower, said Mark Wolf, marketing manager at Tippmann Group. In most cases, the special light colors likely will be used only on the date of the holiday, Wolf added.

Tippmann Group also will continue the tradition of displaying lights that look like candles in the windows of the building during the holiday season, Wolf said.

Testing of the lights took place this fall, so some Fort Wayne TinCaps fans may have seen a preview when the top of Lincoln Tower turned TinCaps red and green late in the season, the company’s news release said.

“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,” said Joe Wharton, Tippmann Group general manager. “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 new LED lights also are much more energy efficient than the previous lights that illuminated the top of the building, using less than half the wattage of the prior lights while giving off the same brightness, the news release said.