Neighborhoods of Fort Wayne

This is a hodgepodge collection of online "stuff" in need of serious reorganization when time permits. We also have some information under Historic Homes, Places and Sites and National Register of Historic Places.

announced May 23, 2018 linked to the City of Fort Wayne Neighborhoods page with links ot other pages, Fort Wayne Neighborhoods page with photos, Fort Wayne Neighborhoods on Facebook and Twitter page: Fort Wayne Neighborhoods.

May 6, 2022 - George Guy, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority in Fort Wayne, posted: #FortFactFriday: May is National Historic Preservation Month and the City of Fort Wayne Government is celebrating by highlighting the City’s historic neighborhoods, buildings, and landscapes. Be sure to join in on the celebration by following along Fort Wayne Neighborhoods and using the hashtag #PreserveFW22.

Architectural Styles The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology created the following guide to give Hoosiers a brief overview of Indiana’s most common architectural styles, barn types, and bridge forms. While this section does not cover every style or type of historic building found in Indiana, it highlights the most popular and can serve as a basic field guide to experience our historic architecture first-hand. Copied from Indiana Department of Natural Resources on

The Neighborhood Resource Center Tools for Making Better Neighborhoods in Allen County at the Allen Country Recorder's Office Neighborhood Resource Center.

Historic Homes of the Fort Wayne Rich and Famous by ARCH, Inc on YouTube
Learn the stories and see the glory of the historic homes of Fort Wayne's rich and famous. Chapters: Chief Richardville House 3:13; Hugh McCulloch House 11:55; Hanna Homestead 19:19; Randall Home 27:26; Chief Richardville House 3:13; Hugh McCulloch House 11:55; Hanna Homestead 19:19; Randall Home 27:26; John Claus Peters House 33:19; Centlivre House 39:24; Carole Lombard House 45:53; Farnsworth House 52:28; Noll Mansion 58:21.

Uncovering the History of Your House posted Dec 9, 2020 by Allen County Public Library on YouTube
This presentation will offer sources and strategies of discovering the history of one’s house. Presenter: Cynthia Theusch Presented by The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large. We have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Our staff specializes in genealogy and is always available to help.

Researching the History of Your House posted Oct 25, 2018 by Allen County Public Library on YouTube
Presented by the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library Discover the various resources available to learn about the history of your house and the people who lived there. This session will help you with ideas for researching houses both in the city and rural areas. For more information about the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, go to: For more information about the Allen County Public Library, go to:

Our Community Album Premiered April 5, 2022 by ARCH, Inc on YouTube
Historian Randy Harter leads an exploration into The Allen County Community Album. Historic images and the founding of neighborhoods are detailed. Neighborhoods in southwest Fort Wayne are highlighted such as Williams-Woodland Park Historic District, Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association, Fairfield Neighborhood, and Historic Oakdale Neighborhood

Fort Report: Historic preservation of Fort Wayne by The News-Sentinel posted August 30, 2013 on YouTube
News-Sentinel columnist Kevin Leininger interviews ARCH Executive Director Mike Galbraith, who will discuss the importance of historic preservation in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Architects and Firms from City of Fort Wayne

Historic Fort Wayne lists Historic Neighborhoods on the Visit Fort Wayneblog.

Illsley Place - West Rudisill Historic District - on the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indianaweb site This brochure published by the City of Fort Wayne tells the history of the Illsley Place - West Rudisill Addition and features some of the houses in that Historic District. Includes photos of 18 historic homes.

List of Fort Wayne, Indiana neighborhoods on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Modern House Styles premiered April 7, 2021 by ARCH, Inc on YouTube
ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) has been a leading force for preservation in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana since 1975 with monthly programs and more on their website: Recordings of ARCH, Inc. programs are premiered on YouTube.

area historic districts - from Journal Gazette

•Dutch Ridge Historic District (Huntertown vicinity)
•Forest Park Boulevard Historic District
•Fort Wayne Parks & Boulevards District
•Foster Park Neighborhood Historic District
Illsley Place-West Rudisill Historic District

City View video created :July 13, 2018 Creator:Patrick Stelte July 2018. Topic this month: tour of Illsley Place historic neighborhood and W. Rusidill Blvd.

Facebook page. Illsley Place, platted in 1923 by developer W.E. Doud, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of historic trends in the development and growth of Fort Wayne and for its connection to the city’s planning and beautification efforts. It also contains outstanding examples of many residential architectural styles, including Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Spanish Eclectic, French Eclectic and Italianate. From Illsley Place Home & Garden Tour on ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). See Illsley Place-West Rudisill Historic District 46 page National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.
•Indian Village Historic District
•Lafayette Place Neighborhood Historic District
•Oakdale Historic District
•South Wayne Historic District
•St. Louis Besancon Historic District (New Haven vicinity)
•The Landing
•Vermilyea Inn Historic District
•West End Historic District
•Wildwood Park Neighborhood Historic District
•Williams-Woodland Park Historic District


Broadway Corridor - He believes the place may originally have been a dry goods store. The part of the history he’s been able to trace, to 1931 during the Great Depression, has one side as a milliner’s shop and the other a confectioner. By World War II, that side had become a delicatessen. Looking up on Broadway Investor renovates vacant sites with eye toward revitalized area March 10, 2013 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District - recognized for its picturesque natural beauty, landscape design and landmark houses by female architects, according to Indiana Landmarks. The Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District on Fort Wayne's near north side and the section of State Boulevard that winds through it have been listed on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered list announced April 25, 2013. Copied from Historic neighborhood, State Blvd. section on Indiana Landmarks' Endangered List by The News-Sentinel newspaper staff reports April 25, 2013. Wildwood Builders worked with Boston landscape architect Arthur A. Shurcliff to design Brookview within a narrow, triangular parcel that was heavily wooded and bisected by Spy Run Creek. It was also hilly, and the western edge was bordered by the New York Central Railroad. Shurcliff designed an artful landscape that maximized the residential lots and views of the creek. Irvington Park to the north, designed by Walter Hoxie Hillary, is also a scenic landscape of wooded lots near the creek. Vesey Park connects the two areas. The homes in the district were built between 1906 and 1965; they have a range of styles including Craftsman, American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Minimal Traditional, and Ranch. The historic district is located north of downtown Fort Wayne; north of Jacobs Street between N. Clinton Street and the Pufferbelly Trail. The Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. From a May 12, 2022 post by Fort Wayne Neighborhoods on Facebook.

Fairfield Neighborhood

Forest Park - 1830 Forest Park Boulevard New owners for noted historic Forest Park Boulevard home in Fort Wayne by Kevin Kilbane published October 22, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper

Foster Park neighborhood seeks listing on National Register of Historic Places by Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel newspaper February 20, 2013. Characteristics of homes built between 1926 and 1963. Foster Park neighborhood’s request for National Register listing moves to state level March 09, 2013 by The News-Sentinel newspaper staff reports. Foster Park Neighborhood Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places - posted October 31, 2013 on City of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Foster Park added to historic registry Neighborhood is city’s 5th this year Dan Stockman published November 1, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. Approximately 150 acres platted in 1924 documented in the 39 page application with descriptions and photos received August 9, 2013 for the Foster Park Neighborhood Historic District reference number 13000755 on National Park Service. Photos of Foster Park Pavilion 3 built in 1938 reconstruction was posted May 4, 2022 by Historic Foster Park Neighborhood Association on Facebook with construction update photos by Michael J. Vorndran May 14, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

Oakdale Neighborhood WordPress blog

Historic Buildings in West Central Neighborhood

Historic Districts in Fort Wayne at Community Development of City of Fort Wayne.

Hoagland Masteron Neighborhood Association on Facebook. Has April Marie TinsleyMemorial Garden photos dedicated August 16, 2015 and Stuckeys Greenhouse posted a photo September 8, 2015.

  1. Allen County Public Library- Researching Your Old House: Guide to Resources for Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana
  2. City offers discount to remove street ash trees Dan Stockman The Journal Gazette newspaperApril 04, 2013. As a result of the emerald ash borer killing thousands of city ash trees. City crews have removed thousands of the ash trees that once lined the streets of Fort Wayne, but it could take years to remove the 5,000 that remain. City’s ash borer war approaching $3 million August 16, 2013 also by Dan Stockman
  3. Discovering the History of your House and Your Neighborhood; book by Betsy J. Green; 286 pp; Softcover; 2007; 5.5 x 8; ISBN: 1-891661-24-8; Family Roots Publishing Company Item # SM248
  4. Historical Churches, Homes and Buildings of East Central Neighborhood has photos and brief descriptions.
  5. East State Village ca. 1960 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published July 8, 2017 in the Fort Wayne Reader. The roughly eight block long East State Village is made up of approximately 20 commercial properties largely developed during the city’s trolley era in the 1920’s.
  6. Fairfield Avenue 1888 two-story brick Italianate house, which still has a stone block bearing the name of former resident Dr. (Karl) Proegler. Saving historic house is a good risk, for a lot of reasons ARCH needs at least $100,000 to move home from redevelopment site by Kevin Leininger published June 6, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  7. Fort Wayne Local Historic Districts - ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  8. Frances Slocum Neighborhood has a page on Facebook. Named for the area around the Frances Slocum Elementary School at 2529 Curdes Avenue that opened in 1926 and closed in 1981. The school was named for Frances Slocum the Quaker girl taken captive in 1778 in Pennsylvania and removed to Indiana. See streets in neighborhood at Frances Slocum neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana (IN), 46805 detailed profile at
  9. Historic Fairmont Neighborhood on Facebook
  10. Harrison Hill - established in 1915, August 19, 1919 Cornell Circle new homes construction in an image in The News-Sentinel newspapersparked an August 3, 2014 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. A book History of Harrison Boulevard Homes written by Magaret Wallace Newman posted April 24, 2018 on Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association on Facebook. May 12, 2018 Facebook post by Harrison Hill Neighborhood Associationstated their new web site is focused on the history of the neighborhood and other South Fort Wayne neighborhoods. There is something for everyone including our fellow neighborhoods: Historic Oakdale NeighborhoodHistoric Southwood Park Neighborhood AssociationHistoric Fairmont NeighborhoodHistoric South Wayne Neighborhood AssociationLafayette Place AdditionWest Rudisill Neighborhood Association, and Packard Area Planning Alliance (PAPA)members at History of Harrison Hill.
  11. Indian Village subdivision. website: INDIAN VILLAGE PIECING HISTORY TOGETHER published February 18, 2009 on The Waynedale Image ca. 1950 and history posted April 27, 2017 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See General Plan of Indian Village as designed by Lawrence Sheridan and AK Hofer from the 1920's posted April 27, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and also posted with other photos as a comment to Randy Harter post. Listed in 2009 as Indian Village Historic District from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, was discussed October 14, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  12. Kensington Boulevard Historic District is long and linear. It is bounded by E. State Boulevard to the north, and it follows Kensington Boulevard south across Lake Avenue to Niagara Drive.IN AllenCounty KensingtonBlvd. There are more than 170 properties in the Kensington Boulevard Historic District; most are homes built between 1917 and 1955. The district has a variety of architectural styles, including Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and the American Foursquare. There is one Italianate house that was built circa 1870, predating the development of the boulevard.Kensington Boulevard Historic District Now Listed in National Register of Historic Places at Community Development on City of Fort Wayne web site.
  13. Lafayette Place - Neighborhood marks 100 years by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published July 23, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Historic neighborhoods tell our city's story. The Lafayette Place Historic District is an example of an early “suburban” development in Fort Wayne. It was developed in 1915 with convenient access to roads, streetcars, and even an electric interurban rail line. The neighborhood has a formal “esplanade” inspired by formal French urban design; created by pioneer landscape architect Arthur A. Shurcliff. Wildwood Builders of Fort Wayne developed two other neighborhoods designed by Shurcliff; Wildwood Park, and the Brookview Addition. Lafayette Place has an outstanding collection of historic homes, with a variety of early to mid-twentieth century styles. The neighborhood is located south of downtown Fort Wayne between S. Calhoun Street and S. Lafayette Street, and immediately north of Southgate Shopping Center. The Lafayette Place Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Copied from a May 5, 2022 post with photos by Fort Wayne Neighborhoods on Facebook.
  14. Lakeside - The historic district is bounded roughly by St. Joseph Boulevard on the west, Edgewater Avenue on the south, Tennessee Avenue on the north, and Crescent and California avenues on the east. The district includes 444 buildings, most of which are homes or apartment buildings. The area was platted for development in 1890. The Northside Neighborhood Association, which includes the Lakeside area, asked the city of Fort Wayne to pursue National Register nomination for a Lakeside Historic District. The nomination was approved previously by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Copied from Most of Lakeside neighborhood listed in National Register of Historic Places by published December 21, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Lakeside Historic District Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places on City of Fort Wayneweb site. See Historic District discussion on City View video for January 23, 2018 on Access Fort Wayne. Historic Lakeside Park Neighborhood on Facebook.
  15. Mansions - Fort Wayne's saddest storyabout the Noll mansion by Kevin Leininger published September 5, 1981 from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper and Missing Mansions of Fort Wayne: Hamilton, Hanna and Noll by Anthony E. McNair published November 8, 2001 on ACPL Digital Collections.
  16. Neighborhoods of the 07 46807 zipcode on Facebook
  17. Northside Neighborhood
  18. Peek into house’s history With a little research, you can learn a lot March 24, 2013 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper
  19. Oakdale Neighborhood
  20. Old West End West Central's Premier Historic Apartments - restored homes in the Old West End Historic District offered as apartments by CASTLE KEEPERS.
  21. Rudisill Boulevard Cultural Landscape Report by December, 2007 Prepared for Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Prepared by Heritage Landscapes Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners Charlotte, Vermont & Norwalk, Connecticut.
  22. Shawnee Place Historic District - City of Fort Wayne
  23. Storefronts of State Boulevard by Mark Meyer February 21, 2013 History Center Notes & Queries blogrefers to using Fort Wayne city directories to track the occupants of that street.
  24. South Wayne Neighborhood
  25. Southwood Park NeighborhoodAugust 25, 1918 plat map in The News-Sentinel newspaperApril 15, 2014 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.September 2, 1918 Fort Wayne News and Sentinel newspaper.
  26. Swinney Homestead - Settlers, Inc. - since 1971 with gift shop and herb garden
  27. Swinney Park / Jailhouse Flats - minor league baseball park 1880s to 1930
  28. West Central Neighborhood Association is Fort Wayne's Largest and Oldest Residential Historic district. West Central was designated as a local historic district in two phases in 1984-1985. It was listed in the National Register in 1984. The district contains virtually all architectural styles that were popular between 1830 and 1950. An old map showing Allen County Fairgrounds and Methodist College posted March 3, 2015 on Facebook. See the 2015 book West Central Images/Home from House Portraits by Diane Allen Groenert mentioned in the video Local Artist Publishes West Central Portraits by Eric Olson published September 2, 2015 on ABC TV station. A West Central Neighborhood Development Plan was published in June 1981. The 1979 Cultural Resources Survey for the City found that "15% of all historically and architecturally significant structures, and over 45% of the most significant structures found in the City were located in the West Central Neighborhood." Copied from March 1, 2017 post with photos by West Central Neighborhood on Facebook. Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, IndianaThe West Central Home and Garden Tour and ArtsFest, Fort Wayne, Indiana years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016at The Genealogy Center. See map of borders posted August 20, 2018 by Historic West Central Neighborhood on Twitter.
  29. North Anthony Boulevard Now on National Register by City of Fort Wayne. North Anthony Boulevard Historic District now on National Register of Historic PlacesThe area joins the ranks of more than 50 historic locations on the register located in and around Fort Wayne - including the Alexander Taylor Rankin House, 818 S. Lafayette Street; the Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun Street; and Fairfield Manor, 2301 Fairfield Avenue. By David Gong published November 13, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Some additional information from ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)in N. Anthony Blvd. named on national register of historic places published November 13, 2014 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15
  30. Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, Indiana
  31. Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood is a multiple property historic district. Website:
    1. 1903 home in the 2400 block of Hoagland Avenue Restoring historic house a labor of love in Williams Woodland Park June 6, 2013 by Heather Detzner of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
    2. Williams Grove photo by B. J. Griswold in Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library shared May 9, 2022 from post from May 8, 2022 byHistoric 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook.
  32. Wildwood homes : being a collection of houses and details with suggestions for the home builder (1912) - Wildwood Builders Co, Cover title: A book of Wildwood plans.
  33. Wildwood Park neighborhood September 18, 2013 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Roughly bound by Ardmore Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, Portage Boulevard and Freeman Street, Wildwood Park was designed by nationally prominent landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff. Developed by the Wildwood Company, the team of Lee and his pioneering architect wife Joel Roberts Ninde, the neighborhood features a rolling topography, winding streets and a mix of early twentieth-century architectural styles. The area is significant in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Community Planning. Copied October 21, 2013 from ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)on Facebook page. Read some history in Deep history of Wildwood Park neighborhood recognized by National Register listing published October 22, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Wildwood gets historic status Neighborhood set along rolling terrain makes national registry by Dan Stockman published October 22, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  34. Wright home keeps historic designation Owner furious after panel rejects delisting by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published February 23, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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