Allen County is named for John Allen, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, and who lived from 1771 to 1813.
Created: April 1, 1824
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 three story gray colored Vermont granite and limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds 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.
Note: In 1860 to 1862 a courthouse was built under Ochmig Bird, Virgil Kimball, and Louise Wolke at a cost of $78,000 dollars.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Allen County Courthouse
Photos taken 2006 and 2015