The Allen County Courthouse was completed in 1902. In 2003, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark after an $8 million dollar renovation project. With over a century of history, the Courthouse has seen downtown Fort Wayne through all of its changes.
The Courthouse is made up of 5 main courtrooms. Each room has its own designated color and theme. There are four murals inside the building by famed artist, Charles Holloway. The Lady Liberty that watches over downtown Fort Wayne would wear a woman’s shoe size of 28. It was made large enough for everyone to see her features from the ground.
The building, made of limestone and granite, has seen buildings around it come and go over the years. Currently, the Allen County Courthouse is neighbored by the City County Building to the North, the AWB to the East, the Lincoln Tower to the South, and the PNC Building to the West. It’s not uncommon to see locals enjoying the lawn during lunch or see families taking photos outside after a recent wedding.
In addition to serving justice to Northeast Indiana, the Courthouse also provides a unique location for weddings, events, and receptions. Those looking for a unique downtown location with beautiful history can review their event policy. This is located on their website.
With changes going on all around us, especially in downtown Fort Wayne, buildings like the Allen County Courthouse provide a foundation we can always return to. All I have to do is look up at Lady Liberty to know I am home. If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy the Courthouse, stop in today.
Interior photos courtesy of Visit Fort Wayne and Wiki.
By Stephen J. Bailey for the Downtown Improvement District