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Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust

Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust Completed in 1902, the Allen County Courthouse stands as a monument to the civic pride and progressive spirit of the citizens of Allen County.

The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust is not affiliated with the Allen County Court system.

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09/07/2022

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Wedding Season is still in full swing. Congratulations Aleia and Derek!!...
08/29/2022

Wedding Season is still in full swing. Congratulations Aleia and Derek!!
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"For decades, citizens of Allen County have walked across the floors of its courthouse. Unbeknownst to most, the floors ...
07/14/2022
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"For decades, citizens of Allen County have walked across the floors of its courthouse. Unbeknownst to most, the floors of the Allen County Courthouse are a unique feature of the building; a feature noted on its application for National Historic Landmark status."

Check out this month's newsletter from the Trust!

Photo Credit: Jared Christiansen
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Preserving the Tradition Preserving the Tradition Encaustic Tiles: A History For decades, citizens of Allen County have walked across the floors of its courthouse. Unbeknownst to most, the floors of t

The Trust is excited to announce that our monthly e-newsletter is now available for sign-up!  Learn more about the Trust...
07/13/2022

The Trust is excited to announce that our monthly e-newsletter is now available for sign-up!

Learn more about the Trust and the Allen County Courthouse, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming events and restoration projects.

This month features Herman Mueller's encaustic tiles in the Allen County Courthouse.

Sign-up on our website to receive your monthly e-newsletter.

Photo credit: Jared Christiansen
https://www.allencountycourthouse.org/contact/

For this Independence Day, we at the Trust would like to honor our Lady Liberty, who is perched atop of the courthouse. ...
07/04/2022

For this Independence Day, we at the Trust would like to honor our Lady Liberty, who is perched atop of the courthouse. As a wind vane, she points towards wherever the wind blows and, although armed with a sword, she lays it gently upon her left shoulder---- a symbol for progress and peace.

Happy Fourth of July from the Trust!

Photo credit to John McGauley

This month, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust’s e-newsletter highlighted the blueprints of the courthouse. ...
06/22/2022

This month, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust’s e-newsletter highlighted the blueprints of the courthouse. The original working blueprints are kept at the Allen County Public Library, but copies are often referenced for restoration projects.

The Trust is giving away a set of frameable prints (11x4) as well as a guided tour through the courthouse. To enter the giveaway, you must be following us on Facebook and like, share, and tag one other person in the comments.

You can enter the giveaway twice by following us on Instagram and liking, sharing, and tagging on our post there.

A winner will be randomly selected on June 29th!

The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust enthusiastically introduces our summer 2022 intern, Brittney Rumschlag. B...
06/08/2022

The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust enthusiastically introduces our summer 2022 intern, Brittney Rumschlag. Brittney is an upcoming senior at Purdue Univeristy-Fort Wayne, pursuing a B.A. in English. Brittney will be taking over the Trust's social media and collaborating on our e-newsletter for the rest of the summer.

We are looking forward to seeing her skills as a writer flourish on the Trust's social platforms.

Welcome to the Trust, Brittney!

Thank you Allen County and thank you Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation.  More than $487,000 was contributed to 112...
04/22/2022

Thank you Allen County and thank you Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation. More than $487,000 was contributed to 112 organizations in our community. Thank you to the donors who earmarked the Courthouse Preservation Trust as your worthy cause!!
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Looking forward to tomorrow!...
04/21/2022

Looking forward to tomorrow!
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We’re counting down the days to April 21st and Give Greater Allen.  Join others in this day of giving—an opportunity to ...
04/18/2022

We’re counting down the days to April 21st and Give Greater Allen. Join others in this day of giving—an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe. Save the date and get ready to give! For more information visit our website or go to www.givegreaterallen.com
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#savinghistoricplaces#indianalandmarks

New carpet in the four grand courtrooms!!Twenty years post restoration the carpets needed replaced. Original designs and...
04/05/2022

New carpet in the four grand courtrooms!!Twenty years post restoration the carpets needed replaced. Original designs and colors were chosen to mimic and complement the encaustic tiles and the decorative coffered ceilings. Stop in for a visit to tour our National Historic Landmark Courthouse.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to this sweet couple and all the 2021 newlyweds!!  ❤️ We look forward to celebrating our 2022 wedd...
02/15/2022

Happy Valentine’s Day to this sweet couple and all the 2021 newlyweds!! ❤️ We look forward to celebrating our 2022 weddings!!
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When a professional photographer whose work you admire calls to reserve the courthouse for a photo shoot you pick up the...
11/17/2021

When a professional photographer whose work you admire calls to reserve the courthouse for a photo shoot you pick up the phone. work is not to be missed!!
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10/19/2021

We want to host your Holiday mini sessions. Photographers, give us a call to reserve your spot. 260-449-4246.
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#visitfortwayne

When you know you know!!Congratulations to Isak and Nathalie. Weddings at the courthouse have that special je ne sais qu...
10/01/2021

When you know you know!!Congratulations to Isak and Nathalie. Weddings at the courthouse have that special je ne sais quoi.
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Coming into the weekend like!!  Hats off and heels up to  for always capturing the fun moments in weddings!!...
07/30/2021

Coming into the weekend like!! Hats off and heels up to for always capturing the fun moments in weddings!!
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This couple!  This wedding!  And this special day all captured by !!  Congratulations Emma and Arash!  Thanks for kickin...
06/15/2021

This couple! This wedding! And this special day all captured by !! Congratulations Emma and Arash! Thanks for kicking off your “Happily Ever After” at the Allen County Courthouse.
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TableScape Tuesday!  Throw back to Maddie and Andrew’s wedding in March. They couldn’t get married in Italy due to the p...
06/01/2021

TableScape Tuesday! Throw back to Maddie and Andrew’s wedding in March. They couldn’t get married in Italy due to the pandemic so they brought the old world charm to the Fort Wayne.
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Waiting for their grand entrance. Congratulations Zach and Danielle. Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us!! ......
05/18/2021

Waiting for their grand entrance. Congratulations Zach and Danielle. Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us!!
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It’s wedding season and we couldn’t be happier!!  There are still a few week-ends left. If interested DM for a tour and ...
04/20/2021

It’s wedding season and we couldn’t be happier!! There are still a few week-ends left. If interested DM for a tour and consultation!!
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Ever wonder what is located on the inside of the courthouse dome?  Here’s a sneak peak of the original cast iron spiral ...
04/06/2021

Ever wonder what is located on the inside of the courthouse dome? Here’s a sneak peak of the original cast iron spiral staircase that leads to the lantern on the top of the building.
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Spring showers bring...leaks!!  Throw back to survey and routine maintenance on the courthouse dome. Just another day on...
04/01/2021

Spring showers bring...leaks!! Throw back to survey and routine maintenance on the courthouse dome. Just
another day on the job for and General Restoration Corp.
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Spring showers bring...leaks!!  Throw back to survey and routine maintenance on the courthouse dome. Just another day of...
04/01/2021

Spring showers bring...leaks!! Throw back to survey and routine maintenance on the courthouse dome. Just another day of work for and General Reatoration Corp.
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Spring showers bring...leaks!!  Throw back to dome survey to make sure the courthouse was buttoned -up. Just another day...
04/01/2021

Spring showers bring...leaks!! Throw back to dome survey to make sure the courthouse was buttoned -up. Just another day on the job for and General Restoration Corp.
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Thank you to our friends at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. What a wonderful surprise on .  Thank you fo...
12/01/2020

Thank you to our friends at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. What a wonderful surprise on . Thank you for supporting our mission to assure that the Allen County Courthouse remains an active and attractive community resource and national historic destination for generations to come.
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Congratulations to the Guajardos!  Thanks for sharing your special day with us. ...
11/02/2020

Congratulations to the Guajardos! Thanks for sharing your special day with us.
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Congratulations Jeanette and Parker!!  What a beautiful wedding.  ..
10/19/2020

Congratulations Jeanette and Parker!! What a beautiful wedding.
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Remembering back to this couple’s “First Look!”  Josh ❤️Stacey. ...
09/24/2020

Remembering back to this couple’s “First Look!” Josh ❤️Stacey.
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Which do you prefer for your wedding ceremony set up?  Traditional or theater-in-the-round?  We have lots of options for...
09/21/2020

Which do you prefer for your wedding ceremony set up? Traditional or theater-in-the-round? We have lots of options for floor plans in our beautiful historic landmark building. Let us be a part of your special day.
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Congratulations Ashley and Dan. ❤️
09/08/2020

Congratulations Ashley and Dan. ❤️

Congratulations Stephanie and Alan!!...
09/02/2020

Congratulations Stephanie and Alan!!
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The pandemic may have changed things a bit but you can’t stop love.  ...
09/01/2020

The pandemic may have changed things a bit but you can’t stop love.
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Some of the prettiest art glass in the courthouse was located on the ceiling of the original Law Library—a two story roo...
08/27/2020

Some of the prettiest art glass in the courthouse was located on the ceiling of the original Law Library—a two story room that is now used to store artifacts.
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@ Fort Wayne, Indiana

No detail too small for Brentwood Tolan and this Beaux Arts building. ...
08/18/2020

No detail too small for Brentwood Tolan and this Beaux Arts building.
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What a fairytale wedding!
07/30/2020

What a fairytale wedding!

What a gorgeous wedding!  The summer flowers in the Courthouse Green help bring a pop of color, providing a perfect acce...
07/29/2020

What a gorgeous wedding! The summer flowers in the Courthouse Green help bring a pop of color, providing a perfect accent for pictures!

Thank you to our dear friends Mutton Party & Tent Rental and The Urban Petal for creating such beautiful weddings spaces...
07/28/2020

Thank you to our dear friends Mutton Party & Tent Rental and The Urban Petal for creating such beautiful weddings spaces.

Congratulations to the happy couples! Our original oak benches and magnificent murals are perfect backdrops for wedding ...
07/28/2020

Congratulations to the happy couples! Our original oak benches and magnificent murals are perfect backdrops for wedding day portraits. @ Fort Wayne, Indiana

Make your First Dance memorable on our beautiful encaustic tile floors. This wedding was perfect- from the flowers  and ...
07/23/2020

Make your First Dance memorable on our beautiful encaustic tile floors. This wedding was perfect- from the flowers and decor to the tablescapes! Thanks for the spectacular flowers 💐 @ Fort Wayne, Indiana

What a beautiful design!  Let's welcome our new profile picture and lovely custom design by VimAnnVigor!
07/22/2020

What a beautiful design! Let's welcome our new profile picture and lovely custom design by VimAnnVigor!

Cheers to the happy couple! A beautiful and memorable place for photographs is in front of the Courthouse facade and on ...
07/22/2020

Cheers to the happy couple! A beautiful and memorable place for photographs is in front of the Courthouse facade and on the Courthouse Green🥂

It’s wedding season!! And what a way to kick it off than with a First Look!   What a beautiful moment to catch on camera...
07/21/2020

It’s wedding season!! And what a way to kick it off than with a First Look! What a beautiful moment to catch on camera. @ Fort Wayne, Indiana

The rotunda murals are among Allen County Courthouse’s many fine works of art. Charles Holloway was commissioned to pain...
07/09/2020

The rotunda murals are among Allen County Courthouse’s many fine works of art. Charles Holloway was commissioned to paint the murals, following his exhibit in the Columbian Exposition World’s Fair in Chicago Illinois in 1893. The murals depict the role of government in our daily lives. Restored in 1995-2002, Smithsonian’s Richard Murray noted that the murals were leading examples of Progressive Era public art of high political and cultural significance.

The breathtaking Superior Court Room 1 features rich scagliola walls, a stained glass dome ceiling, and the original cou...
07/06/2020

The breathtaking Superior Court Room 1 features rich scagliola walls, a stained glass dome ceiling, and the original courtroom furnishings carved of mahogany wood.

The Circuit Courtroom is adorned with beautiful scagliola walls; quarter-sawn oak judge’s bench and council tables; and ...
07/03/2020

The Circuit Courtroom is adorned with beautiful scagliola walls; quarter-sawn oak judge’s bench and council tables; and most notably murals by Mr. Carl Gutherz, a famous artist who did most of the mural decoration in the Library of Congress.

This is one of several grand staircases made of Carrara marble leading from the first floor to the second floor. Is it a...
07/01/2020

This is one of several grand staircases made of Carrara marble leading from the first floor to the second floor. Is it any surprise it's often used for wedding ceremonies or a back drop for a bridal portrait?

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Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust

At the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, our mission is to assure that our beloved courthouse remains an active and appealing community resource and national historic destination for generations to come.

Completed in 1902, the Allen County Courthouse was a gift to future generations from visionary leaders who wished to express in art and architecture the dignity of the government, the supremacy of the people and the grandeur of the law. This magnificent building is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its original murals and sculptures, scagliola faux marbling, unique tile floor designs and abundant stained glass.

Sadly, the years took their toll on the Courthouse. In 1994, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was formed and began the task of restoring all of its artistic elements. While much has been done, there are still many more projects planned in the restoration effort. Preservation of the Courthouse continues, and it is the goal of the Courthouse Preservation Trust to provide this historic treasure with the upkeep it deserves.

This busy landmark is available for walking tours and special events. Check out our website to learn more!


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View from the office.
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Wedding Season is still in full swing. Congratulations Aleia and Derek!!
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"For decades, citizens of Allen County have walked across the floors of its courthouse. Unbeknownst to most, the floors of the Allen County Courthouse are a unique feature of the building; a feature noted on its application for National Historic Landmark status."

Check out this month's newsletter from the Trust!

Photo Credit: Jared Christiansen
https://conta.cc/3PxCesx
The Trust is excited to announce that our monthly e-newsletter is now available for sign-up!

Learn more about the Trust and the Allen County Courthouse, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming events and restoration projects.

This month features Herman Mueller's encaustic tiles in the Allen County Courthouse.

Sign-up on our website to receive your monthly e-newsletter.

Photo credit: Jared Christiansen
https://www.allencountycourthouse.org/contact/
For this Independence Day, we at the Trust would like to honor our Lady Liberty, who is perched atop of the courthouse. As a wind vane, she points towards wherever the wind blows and, although armed with a sword, she lays it gently upon her left shoulder---- a symbol for progress and peace.

Happy Fourth of July from the Trust!

Photo credit to John McGauley
This month, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust’s e-newsletter highlighted the blueprints of the courthouse. The original working blueprints are kept at the Allen County Public Library, but copies are often referenced for restoration projects.

The Trust is giving away a set of frameable prints (11x4) as well as a guided tour through the courthouse. To enter the giveaway, you must be following us on Facebook and like, share, and tag one other person in the comments.

You can enter the giveaway twice by following us on Instagram and liking, sharing, and tagging on our post there.

A winner will be randomly selected on June 29th!
The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust enthusiastically introduces our summer 2022 intern, Brittney Rumschlag. Brittney is an upcoming senior at Purdue Univeristy-Fort Wayne, pursuing a B.A. in English. Brittney will be taking over the Trust's social media and collaborating on our e-newsletter for the rest of the summer.

We are looking forward to seeing her skills as a writer flourish on the Trust's social platforms.

Welcome to the Trust, Brittney!
Thank you Allen County and thank you Greater Fort Wayne Community Foundation. More than $487,000 was contributed to 112 organizations in our community. Thank you to the donors who earmarked the Courthouse Preservation Trust as your worthy cause!!
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Looking forward to tomorrow!
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We’re counting down the days to April 21st and Give Greater Allen. Join others in this day of giving—an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe. Save the date and get ready to give! For more information visit our website or go to www.givegreaterallen.com
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#savinghistoricplaces#indianalandmarks
Jury Chairs returned to the Allen Circuit Courtroom after 50 years thanks to Mr. John Fabini of Fabini’s Auto Trim. See full story in the Journal Gazette (3/16/2022.). https://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/courts/20220316/jury-chairs-return-after-50-years
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#indianalandmarks
New carpet in the four grand courtrooms!!Twenty years post restoration the carpets needed replaced. Original designs and colors were chosen to mimic and complement the encaustic tiles and the decorative coffered ceilings. Stop in for a visit to tour our National Historic Landmark Courthouse.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to this sweet couple and all the 2021 newlyweds!! ❤️ We look forward to celebrating our 2022 weddings!!
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When a professional photographer whose work you admire calls to reserve the courthouse for a photo shoot you pick up the phone. work is not to be missed!!
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We want to host your Holiday mini sessions. Photographers, give us a call to reserve your spot. 260-449-4246.
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#visitfortwayne
When you know you know!!Congratulations to Isak and Nathalie. Weddings at the courthouse have that special je ne sais quoi.
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