Focus to connect people to community character, local history

Through activities highlighting the city’s many historic neighborhoods, buildings and landscapes, I encourage Fort Wayne residents to join in celebrating National Historic Preservation Month this month.

The character of a city is rooted in its sense of place and the history that has shaped it. Through cooperation and commitment, our community continues to preserve and revitalize significant pieces of our heritage. In doing so, we honor our past and build upon it for the future. Together, we are keeping Fort Wayne a vital, appealing and authentic city.

You can still participate in ARCH’s Fort Wayne Bike About guided bike ride of local history and architecture, starting from the corner of Berry and Clay streets at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22 or with a self-guided map.

As a way to promote and commemorate the month, the City’s Community Development division produced a Fort Wayne Historic Preservation Month poster and companion postcard. The preservation month poster and postcards have a link to the City’s online Heritage Calendar at

The poster and postcard feature a vintage postcard image of the Lakeside Park sunken garden. Lakeside Park is part of Fort Wayne’s Park and Boulevard System, designed by noted landscape architect George Kessler. The system has been recently nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Copies of the postcards are available at the City-County Building and the Allen County Public Library downtown.

The City’s Historic Preservation staff and the Historic Preservation Commission work to strengthen the city’s historic resources through preservation and heritage development. The Historic Preservation program offers a range of assistance to help property owners recognize historic properties by listing them as Local Historic Districts or on the National Register of Historic Places. Technical assistance is also available to assist property owners in maintaining or recapturing the historic character of their properties.

For more information call 427-1127, or visit

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer