Historic Fort Wayne mansion auctioned off

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A large Fort Wayne home, with a lot of history, has gone to the highest bidder.

The Bishop Noll historic mansion, at 1415 W. Washington Blvd. was auctioned off Sunday, October 30 for $527,500 to Brian and Jennifer Backstrom. They will move in with their seven children “soon.”

“We’re very excited,” Jennifer said. “We haven’t told our children yet that we purchased this, but they’re going to be real excited when we go home and tell them tonight.”

The home, which sits near Swinney Park in the city’s West Central neighborhood, has 6 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2 half baths.

Archbishop John Francis Noll lived in the home from the mid 1920’s to 1956. One of the unique features in the mansion is a chapel on the second floor, complete with pews and stain glass windows.

According to The History Center, after Noll died, the mansion served as a home for monks and a center for drug abuse victims before being sold to private owners who let it fall into disrepair. The current owners put in years of work restoring it to “a state of grandeur.”

The home was listed as no-reserve and sold to the highest bidder. The auction was hosted by Scheerer McCulloch. You can find the detailed information at the official auction site.