The Allen County Courthouse

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It is, without a doubt, one of the great treasures of our community.

The Allen County Courthouse sits at the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. It is unmistakable when you see it, a throwback to a grander time when people built public buildings to make a statement, not just to fit a need.

The Allen County Courthouse is actually the fourth building to serve as our county’s courthouse. It was built beginning in 1897 and opened in 1902. Allen County celebrated the centennial of the Courthouse with a ceremonial rededication in 2002 that capped a 7-year restoration (funded by community donations) of its interior, including the cleaning and repair of the breathtaking murals that line its walls and rotunda.

The architecture and beauty of the Allen County Courthouse have been recognized by its placement on the National Register of Historic Places and its receipt of National Historic Landmark status.

Over the years, I’ve had some unique opportunities to photograph this one-of-a-kind building. Here are a few of my favorite images.

For much more on the history of this amazing building, visit the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust web site.