Allen County

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Allen County is named for John Allen, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, and who lived from 1771 to 1813.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Noble County and DeKalb County

E – Defiance County, Ohio, Pauling County, Ohio and Van Wert County, Ohio 

S – Adams County and Wells County

W – Huntington County and Whitley County

 

Created:  April 1, 1824                                                               Map of Indiana highlighting Allen County

County Seat: 

Fort Wayne 1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fort   Wayne

 

Location:  715 South Calhoun Street / East Main Street

Built:  1897 – 1902

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Brentwood S Tolan of Fort Wayne

Contractor:   James Stewart & Company of St. Louis, Missouri

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story gray colored Vermont granite and limestone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Fort Wayne and is constructed of blue Bedford limestone and Vermont granite. The courthouse was designed in the styles of Grecian, Roman, and Renaissance with Doric lines of the first story, Iconic columns on the second story, and Corinthian and Roman Imperial styles on the third level. Along the east front, the center entrance has high columns and a pediment extending above the roofline. On the north and south are protruding sections with columns and pediments. The base is horizontal stone. Along the roofline is a wide stone band. Rising from the centre of the building is a large square stone dome with clock and black colored roof. At the top is “Lady Liberty” as weather vain. On the first and second stories, gleaming white Italian marble covers the walls and stairs providing a striking contrast to the richly variegated coloring of the scagliola on the pilasters and columns. On every level, intricately laid Zanesville mosaic tiles color the floor and layer upon layer of multi-colored and gilded decorative plaster moldings surround the artfully stenciled coffered ceilings. Nearly all of the walls on the third story are paneled in scagliola, with some courtrooms exhibiting five different hues within one room. The doorways to each courtroom are crowned with a pediment and architrave molding in scagliola, and relief plaster ornamentation decorates the frieze area above the door level. The circuit court room occupies the north end of the third story of the building and the superior court room the south end.  

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Allen County Courthouse

 

History:  Fort Wayne was named as the county seat in 1824. The first courthouse was erected in 1831 on the Courthouse Square. The second courthouse was built by Samuel Edsall in 1847. The third courthouse was designed by Edwin May and built by Samuel Edsall & Company under the supervision of Ochmig Bird, Virgil Kimbasll and Louise Wolke in 1861 to 1862 at a cost of $78,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1897 to 1902 at a cost of $817,554.

 

City-County Building – Fort   Wayne

 

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Location:  One East Main Street /  North Calhoun Street

Built:  1969 – 1971

Style:  Modern

Architect:  A M Strass Inc. and Eggers & Higgins

Contractor:   Hagerman Construction

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a ten story gray colored concrete and glass structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fort Wayne on the north side of the courthouse. Named as the Edwin J Rousseau Centre, the building houses the City Hall and County Offices. The first and second stories cover the block and a center tower rises to ten stories. The roof line is flat. The windows are horizontal.  

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Fort Wayne

 

 

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City-County Building – Fort Wayne

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2015