Places of Allen County, Indiana

Chief Richardville House - Akima Pinšiwa Awiiki

5700 Bluffton Road Street View photo from Google map has many user contributed photos

Chief Richardville House posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube.

Chief Richardville House - Fort Wayne by TheSchaeferTeam published August 5, 2011 YouTube

  1. The Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville House was built near Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1827 It is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. Subsidized by the U.S. federal government through the 1826 Treaty of Mississiniwa was, it is believed to be one of only three treaty houses built east of the Mississippi River. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 2, 2012. Chief Richardville, the principal chief of the Miami from 1812 until his death in 1841, signed several treaties with the United States government as it negotiated with the Miami tribe for its eventual removal as a recognized nation. Lands were reserved for Richardville's personal use, and $600 was provided for the building of a home. The house sits on land that was negotiated for by Richardville in the 1818 treaty between the Miami Indians and the U.S. government. The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society acquired the one-acre property and house in 1991. The Greek revival-style house was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and as a National Historical Landmark in 2012. Copied from Richardville House on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. April 30, 2012 post by The History Center on Facebook:

    The landmark plaque

  3. The Chief Richardville House, built in 1827, is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Chief Richardville House web page at the The History Center.
  4. de Richardville, Chief Jean-Baptiste, Hnuse National Register of Historic Places Registration Form 97000595 69 page document dated May 22, 1997 from Natiional Register Digital Assets page at the National Park Service also listed here Registration Form.
  5. March 2, 2012 Designated a National Historic Landmark by the Sectretary of the Interior. See application including photos and maps NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK NOMINATION USDINPS NRHP Registration Form [Rev 8-86] OMB No 1024-0018 NPS Form 10-900 AKrMA PrNsr\ryA AWIIKI (CHIEF I Inifed States DeDartrnent of the Interior. National Park Service JEAN.BAPTISTE DE RICHARDVILLE HOUSE)
  6. 111 page form Indiana SP de Richardville, Chief Jean-Baptiste, House National Register of Historic Places Registration Form in the Catalog at The National Archives.
  7. Akima Pinsiwa Asiiki Chiefe Jean-Baptiste de Richardville House from National Historic Landmark Nomination NPS Form 10-900 at
  8. #1 - RICHARDVILLE HOUSE. YEAR CONSTRUCTED: 1827. Construction of this home was subsidized by the 1826 Treaty of Mississinwas, which compensated the Miami tribe with money for land for settlement. Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville, the primary chief of the Miami from 1812 to 1841, was awarded $600 by the U.S. government to help fund a house along the St. Mary's River. The structure reflects both Greek Revival and Federal styles. The History Center is the current steward of the property, which sits off Bluffton Road. (News-Sentinel file photo). Copied from FORT WAYNE FIVE: Oldest city structures on the National Register of Historic Places published January 4, 2018 The News-Sentinel newspaper  archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    See our National Register of Historic Places page.

  9. Chief Richardville House on Visit Fort Wayne blog.
  10. American Indian Influence in the Old Northwest Territory at the National Park Service.
  11. As the oldest building in Northeast Indiana, the Chief Richardville House is only the second site in Allen county to be named a National Historical Landmark. The other honor belongs to the Allen County Courthouse. The Chief Richardville House is now the 38th landmark in Indiana and one of only a few Native American landmarks in the country. Copied from Chief Richardville House Becomes National Historic Landmark published March 2, 2012 on The Fort Wayne Downtown Insider Blog.
  12. "Forgotten Pronunciations" by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished December 2, 2010 on History Center Notes & Queries blogfor a little more on Chief Richardville. In 2011 his house became the fifth Native American landmark in the country, the first east of the Mississippi River.
  13. The Voice of the Miami by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published April 19, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  14. Observations on the Chief Richardville House National Historic Landmark Designation by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published April 27, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  15. A brief overview of Chief Richardville by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published January 23, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  16. Chief Rchardville Housephotos by Nancyha3717 posted May 20, 2013 on
  18. COULD IT BE A SPIRIT TREE? There are plenty of trees on the grounds where Chief Richardville lived, but there are two Silver Maple trees sitting at the entrance that are extra special. The trees are huge and old, possibly over 100 years old, with branches growing every which way. By The Waynedale News Staff published May 10, 2013 on the The Waynedale
  19. Richardville House of Celebration by Tom Castaldi published August 7, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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