Town Celebrates Historic Preservation Month – The Waynedale News

The City of Fort Wayne celebrates National Historic Preservation Month by showcasing the city’s historic neighborhoods, buildings and landscapes throughout the month of May.

To promote and commemorate the month, the city’s Community Development Division will be sharing facts and photos about unique historic neighborhoods across the city via social media posts on the Fort Wayne Neighborhoods Facebook page and on Twitter, @ FW Neighborhoods. The division is also encouraging residents to join in the celebration by sharing photos that depict Fort Wayne’s rich history on social media with the hashtag #PreserveFW22.

Historic Preservation Month partners include ARCH, Inc. and Visit Fort Wayne. ARCH will host Karen Richards on May 21 at 11 a.m. at the History Center for a “fun and free” talk. The subject will be “Urban Farms”. Richards will explore the history and architecture of homes that housed farming families or were country estates before neighborhoods grew and the city developed around them. Many of these homes are Fort Wayne single-site local historic neighborhoods.

Historic Preservation staff have produced a number of walking tour brochures of historic areas of the city, including brochures for The Landing and for historic buildings in the downtown area. These brochures are available from Visit Fort Wayne, the Community Development Office, and can be downloaded from the city’s historic preservation website: www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org

“Historic preservation is good business for Fort Wayne and the surrounding area,” said Creager Smith, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Fort Wayne. “Electric Works has put Fort Wayne in the national spotlight for major preservation projects. The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, made the largest historic tax credit investment in the company’s history; a total of $48.2 million for Electric Works.

For more information on electrical work: www.ntcic.com

The city’s Historic Preservation staff and the Historic Preservation Commission strive to strengthen the city’s historic resources through heritage preservation and development. The Historic Preservation Program offers a range of assistance to help landowners and neighborhoods recognize historic properties by listing them as local historic districts or on the National Register of Historic Places. Technical assistance is also available to help owners maintain or restore the historic character of their properties.

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