N. Anthony Blvd. named on national register of historic places

Photo courtesy ARCH, Inc. (Architecture and Community Heritage)
Photo courtesy ARCH, Inc. (Architecture and Community Heritage)
Photo courtesy ARCH, Inc. (Architecture and Community Heritage)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) In 1911, architect George Kessler helped design the Park and Boulevard Plan for Fort Wayne, including North Anthony Boulevard.

For more than a century, the North Anthony Boulevard has abided by Kessler’s original design, which featured distinctive London Plane tress on both sides of the sidewalks that are still on the streets today. City and State Historic Preservation offices worked to get the area recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The organization is the nation’s official list of properties considered worthy of preservation.

The historic boundaries along North Anthony Boulevard are from Lake to Crescent Avenues. Kessler’s concepts completely transformed public and private development throughout the community and led to the development of many of Fort Wayne’s historic twentieth century residential areas.

A grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund was used in order for North Antony to be recognized. A local organization, ARCH, Inc., spent six months helping prepare for the National Register of Historic Places Nomination.

“We’re excited to see the North Anthony Boulevard Historic District added to the growing list of important and protected historic neighborhoods in Fort Wayne,” Mike Galbraith, Executive Director of ARCH, Inc. said. “The creation of this special place was a unique example of cooperation between public and private sources in the first couple of decades of the twentieth century.”

Other streets that have been nationally recognized as historic include: Columbia Avenue, Forest Park Boulevard and West Central Historic District. For a full list of historic designations visit the city’s community development page.


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