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ARCH Honors Top Projects 2019 ARCHie Historic Preservation Awards

ARCH Inc., the Fort Wayne area’s historic preservation organization, wraps up its observance of National Preservation Month with its ARCHie awards each May, honoring the property owners who do the right thing when they update their historic homes and businesses, elevating remodeling projects into significant historic preservation projects.

This year, ARCH honors 12 projects in residential and commercial categories that bring renewed vitality to our neighborhoods, perk up our commercial and industrial areas and take bold steps to give old buildings new lives.

Their examples in the community make Fort Wayne a richer, more vital and more beautiful place with stronger connections to its living heritage.

Single Family Residential Category

ARCHie to 1404 West Washington Boulevard

For conversion from multi-family to single family home, restoration of front and south porch, exterior repair, paint, landscaping, etc. Property owners: Michael and Terri Lindvall

ARCHie to 1110 West Washington Boulevard

For exterior repair, multi-color paint scheme, restoration of east side porch, reconstruction of wrap-around front porch, and new garage. Property owners: Joel and Ellen Sauer

ARCHie to 827 Columbia Avenue

For conversion from multi-family to single family, exterior siding removal, clapboard siding and trim restoration, front porch restoration with period-appropriate details, multi-color paint scheme, and reconstruction of missing, peaked polygonal roof based on physical evidence. Property owner: Mike Fries

Commendation to 1112 W. Berry Street

For removal of aluminum siding, exterior repairs, structural repairs to roof, and fresh paint. Property owner: Kevin Gerbers

Commendation to 2320 Wawonaissa Trail

For exterior repairs, roofing, appropriate paint scheme, and landscaping. Property owner: Daniel G. McNamara

Compatible New Construction Category

ARCHie to 1337 W. Wayne Street

For construction of new carriage house to be compatible with the architecture of the house. Property owner: Robert Kelly

Adaptive Reuse Category

ARCHie to Clyde Theater (1808 Bluffton Road)

For conversion of historic theater into state-of-the-art live performance venue while retaining historic features, and replication of original iconic blade sign. Property owner: Kind Real Estate LLC Andrew Boxberger, honorees Chuck Surack, Gregg Coyle and Rick Kinney

Mixed Use Category

ARCHie to Superior Lofts (102 W. Superior St.)

For adaptive reuse of former Fort Wayne Paper Box Company building into residential units and commercial space. Property owner: Ronda Shrewsbury Weybright, President/Owner

Real America

ARCHie TO Welker Block (1434-1436 Wells Street)

For removal of metal awnings on second floor, removal of plywood and aluminum on storefronts, restoration of iron storefront piers, installation of compatible new storefront windows and kneewalls, cornice repair, recreation of missing parapet, and fresh exterior paint. Property owner: Nyla Jean Properties LLC, Shawna Nicelley

Commercial Category

ARCHie to Aptera (113 W. Berry Street)

For conversion of former Allen County Court Annex to high-tech office space including the installation of windows to fit original openings and the removal of masonry infill and installation of glass storefront. Property owner: CT Financial Berry St LLC, Thomas K. Herman

ARCHie to Reliable Cleaning (302 E. Wallace St.)

For repair and cleaning of exterior glazed masonry, removal of non-original wood window trim, window repair, installation of custom-made awning over main entry to match Deco style of building, and appropriate landscaping. Property owner: Reliable Real Estate LLC, Greg Batterton

ARCH also presented a special award this year to Bud Hall, representing Hall’s Restaurants.

Rescue Award to Baltes/Cambray Bldg. (Harrison & Superior Streets


Moved twice (2018, 2019) by the Hall family for prospective reuse as a restaurant. Property owner: Hall Drive-Ins, Don D. Hall II