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Wells Street

Wells Street Marker

Fort Wayne Fort Dearborn Trail marker discussed in Old Trail to Chicago from Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi, local historian published April 19, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

  1. A Guide to Exploring the Wells Street Corridor Olivia O., August 07, 2023 Visit Fort Wayne.
  2. Gateway Story: Over the River and Through the Wells Street Corridor at Downtown Fort Wayne.
  3. Wells Street Park 0.11 acre City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation.
  4. What's happening on Wells Street? Local entrepreneurs share why they think it's 'the next best place to be.'

    Posted by Input Fort Wayne on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 post by Input Fort Wayne on Facebook:

    What's happening on Wells Street? Local entrepreneurs share why they think it's 'the next best place to be.'

    Fort Wayne entrepreneurs share why the Wells Street Corridor is ‘the next best place to be’ 

1000 Block Wells Street

Wells Street at Ewing Street Street View photo from Google Maps

The Fort Wayne Bottling Works Building on Hake Block along Wells Street will soon become a local historic district. The Fort Wayne Bottling Works on Hake Block – which sits across Wells Street from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Police and Fire Memorial – was built in 1884 and 1885 as a brick commercial building. 2024 owner James Markey statements: it was built on a parallelogram-shaped block. It has many interesting angles and was built the same year as the Wells Street Bridge and made with the same limestone and materials used for the foundations. The Hake Block was built by Frank Hake, who lived in the building with his family after immigrating to Fort Wayne from Germany. Hake operated his beer factory – Fort Wayne Bottling Works – in the building before it was converted into other uses, including a hotel. He died in 1894. The upstairs of the building used to be “Hake’s Hall,” which hosted various meetings and concerts. From the mid-1880s to the early 1900s, the second floor served as the meeting place for a local political party, the Ninth Ward Democrats.

Fort Wayne City Council supports historic district for 1880s building on Wells Street April 16, 2024 Madelyn Kidd The Journal Gazette newspaper.

1441 Wells Street

August 18, 2023 post by Sturges Property Group on Facebook:

It's the THIRD installment of FUN 👏 FACT 👏 FRIDAY 👏 where we take you back in time to learn some history about some of your favorite buildings in Fort Wayne!

Today, 1441 Wells Street! 📍 This building, located within the famous Historic Wells Street Corridor, was built in 1900 and soon after was home to the Palace Theatre. 📽️ In 1917, the name was changed to the Wells Theatre, which opened on April 10th of that year and boasted 275 seats. 💺

In 1920, ownership of the Wells Theatre changed hands to Alfred Borkenstein, who announced that the building would be extensively remodeled. 🚧

Throughout the next few decades, the Wells Theatre continued its business providing entertainment 🍿 to the people of Fort Wayne, but it unfortunately closed in the 1950s.

Much later, 1441 Wells Street was home to Koehlinger Kruse Security 🔒 as an office, and then was transformed into warehouse space. 🏭

Today, the classic brick building with its green tile roof and green awning is for sale! It neighbors many awesome local businesses, like Honey Plant, 🌱 Big Eyed Fish, 🐟 Hyde Brothers, Booksellers, 📚 and Klemm's On Wells! 🍽️

Want to revitalize a historic building? See our listing down below for more information! 👇👇👇

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ARCH, Inc. The History Center Allen County Public Library


Wells Theatre with photo at

2135 Wells Street

September 7, 2023 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

The Miller’s Drug Store Building c. 1910/1968, 2135 Wells Street, is a good example of a nearly unaltered 20th Century Commercial style building. Now home to Moring Floral, it’s not necessarily architecturally notable but is important because it is relatively unaltered and an asset to the community. Few of these neighborhood retail stores are still standing as modern commercial districts and neighborhoods have surrounded them. The building has rectangular massing, variegated yellow brick walls, original wood display windows and 3/4 glazed door. The building has an interesting retail background. In 1927 the building was a Piggly Wiggly Store, but by 1930 the Miller Family had turned it into a drugstore. It remained a drugstore until 2015 and is currently the Moring Florist Shop. ARCH is proud to present this edition of Throwback Thursday, part of its work as the historic preservation organization serving the greater Fort Wayne area, made possible by ARCH members and donors. Thank you.

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