Fort Wayne City, Allen County, Indiana (IN) 46802

Fort Wayne City

Allen County, Indiana

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Fort Wayne City Hall is located at 1 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
Phone: 260‑427‑1111.


John H. and Mary Abercrombie House

Beginnings [†]

Incorporated in 1840, the City of Fort Wayne received a portion of land through a donation by Samuel Hanna, who came to the area about 1820. On that site was erected in 1855 a City Hall and attached market place at a cost of $2,800. On July 27, 1869, the City Council ordered the municipal structure at the market place to be replaced with a new building that could house all the branches of the City's ever increasing departments.

Neighborhoods

  • Breconshire
  • Brookview-Irvington Place Historic District
  • Edsall
  • Foster Park Neighborhood Historic District
  • Harrison Hill Historic District
  • Illsley Place-West Rudsill Historic District
  • Lafayette Place Historic District
  • Poplar Ridge
  • Springmill Woods
  • Village Green
  • West End Historic District
  • Westmoor Addition
  • Westmoor Park
  • Wildwood Park Historic District
  • Yardley Manor
  • Abbey Place
  • Abbey Villas
  • Aboite Lakes
  • Amber Ridge
  • Ansley Acres
  • Anthony Wayne
  • Ardmore Knolls
  • Arlington Heights
  • Arlington Park
  • Aspen Village
  • Auburn Farms
  • Audubon Park
  • Avalon Place
  • Azbury Woods
  • Barrington Lake Estates
  • Barrington Woods
  • Beacon Heights
  • Becketts Run
  • Becketts Run
  • Bellair
  • Belle Vista
  • Bellshire
  • Birkdale Villa
  • Bittersweet Estates
  • Bittersweet Lakes
  • Bittersweet Moors
  • Blackhawk Farms
  • Blackhawk Forest
  • Bloomingdale
  • Blue Creek
  • Bluewater Estates
  • Blum Addition
  • BOHDE
  • Brandonwood
  • Branning Hills
  • Brentwood Park
  • Brickshire Village
  • Bridlewood
  • Brierwood Hills
  • Broad-River
  • Broadview Terrace
  • Brookmill
  • Brookside
  • Brookside Estates
  • Brookside Park
  • Bullerman Park
  • Burnham Woods
  • Burning Tree
  • Cambridge Oaks
  • Camelot
  • Candlelite Park
  • Canterbury Green
  • Caribe Colony
  • Casa Grande Place
  • Casselwood Terrace
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Centaur Acres
  • Centerhurst
  • Centlivre Apartments
  • Chadwick
  • Chandlers Landing
  • Chapel Oaks Apartments
  • Chapmans Bridge
  • Cherry Hill
  • Colonial Heritage
  • Colonial Park
  • Columbia Avenue Historic District
  • Concord Hill
  • Concord Place
  • Concordia Gardens
  • Continental Park
  • Copper Hill
  • Country Club Gardens
  • Countrybrook
  • Countryside Estate
  • Coventry Villas
  • Coves of Chandlers Landing
  • Coves of Jacobs Creek
  • Coves of West Lakes
  • Covington Bluffs
  • Covington Chase
  • Covington Club Condos
  • Covington Creek Condos
  • Covington Dells
  • Covington Homesteads
  • Covington Knolls
  • Covington Lake Estates
  • Covington Pines
  • Covington Place
  • Covington Pointe
  • Covington Reserve
  • Creekwood
  • Creekwood Villas
  • Creighton
  • Crestwood Colony
  • Crown Colony
  • Curdes Homewood Acres
  • Deer Field Estates
  • Dells of Bittersweet
  • Eagle Creek
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Central
  • East gate
  • East State Village
  • Eastland Gardens
  • Eastside
  • Edgewood Park
  • Eldorado Hills
  • Elmhurst
  • Emeral Lakes
  • Estates of Sandy Pointe
  • Fairfield
  • Fairfield Terrace
  • Fall Creek
  • Fallen Timbers
  • Falls of Keefer Creek
  • Ferndale
  • Fieldstone Place
  • Five Points
  • Forest Creek at Chandlers
  • Forest Ridge Estates
  • Foxchase Condos
  • Foxwood
  • Georgetown Place
  • Glens of Bittersweet
  • Glens of Liberty Mills
  • Glenwood Park
  • Golden Acres
  • Greendale
  • Greentree
  • Greenview
  • Hacienda Village
  • Hamilton Village
  • Hamlets East
  • Hamlets West
  • Hampton Village
  • Harris Meadows
  • Harvester
  • Haverhill
  • Hazelhurst
  • Hazelwood
  • Hearthstone
  • Heather Ridge
  • Hickory Grove
  • Hickory Hill
  • Hidden Pointe
  • Highland Garden
  • Highland Park Forest
  • Hillcrest
  • Hillsboro
  • Hillside Acres
  • Hoagland Masterson
  • Hoevelwood
  • Homestead Hills
  • Hunters Glen
  • Hunters Knoll
  • Hunters Point
  • Imperial Gardens
  • Indian Reserve
  • Indian Village
  • Indian Village Historic District
  • Interurban Acres
  • Inverness Hills
  • Inverness Lakes
  • Irvington Park
  • Ivywood
  • Jacobs Creek
  • Jefferson Place Condos
  • Jonathon Oaks
  • Kekionga Shores
  • Kensington Downs
  • Kensington Downs Villas
  • Kern Valley Meadows
  • Kingston Park
  • Kirkwood Park
  • Kyle Road
  • Lacabreah
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Lake Pointe Villas
  • Lakes of Buckingham
  • Lakes of Liberty Mills
  • Lakeshores
  • Lakeside
  • Lakewood Park
  • Langford Oaks
  • Lexington Heights
  • Lima Meadow
  • Lima Valley
  • Lincoln Park
  • Lincoln Village
  • Lincolnshire
  • Linerty Hills
  • Lockville
  • Lofton Woods
  • Log Cabin Park
  • Longwood
  • Ludwig Circle
  • Ludwig Park
  • Manor Park
  • Maplewood Downs
  • Maplewood Gardens
  • Maplewood Park
  • Maplewood Terrace
  • Maumee Terrace
  • Maysville Heights
  • McCormick Place
  • McMillen Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Mill Ridge
  • Monarch park
  • Morgan Creek
  • Morningside Terrace
  • Mount Vernon
  • Mystic Woods
  • New Glenwood
  • New Kirkwood Park
  • Newfield
  • North Anthony
  • Northside
  • Oak Glen
  • Oakdale
  • Oakdale Historic District
  • Oakhurst Park
  • Oakland Park
  • Oakmont
  • Old Brook Farm
  • Oxford
  • Papermill Bluffs
  • Park Place Condos
  • Park State East
  • Parkerdale
  • Parkview Addition
  • Parkway Hills
  • Pine Hollow
  • Pine Tree Condos
  • Pine Valley
  • Pine View Farms
  • Plantation of Aboite
  • Pontiac Place
  • Poplar
  • Quail Hollow
  • Ranchwood
  • Rapids of Keefer Creek
  • River Bend Woods
  • River Hollow
  • River View
  • Rolling Hills
  • Rothman Pointe
  • Royal Oaks
  • Sand Point
  • Saratoga Park
  • Sawmill Woods
  • Shannonside
  • Shawnee Place Historic District
  • Sheffield Woods
  • Shoaff Park River Estates
  • Shores of Coventry
  • Shores of Oakborough
  • Shores of Rock Creek
  • Shorewood
  • Somerset Acres
  • South Calhoun Place
  • South Stone Lake
  • South Suburban
  • South Wayne
  • South Wayne Historic District
  • Southdown Meadows
  • Southeast Waynedale
  • Southwest Waynedale
  • Southwick
  • Southwood Park
  • Southwood Park Historic District
  • Springfield
  • Springfield Glen
  • Springmill Wodds Condos
  • Springwood Orchard Woods
  • Spy Run
  • Sqaw Creek
  • St Vincent Villa Historic District
  • Statewood Park
  • Steeplechase
  • Stillwater Place
  • Stillwood Condo
  • Stone Lake
  • Stonefield
  • Suburban Heights
  • Summit Ridge
  • Sunny Meadows
  • Sunnybrook Acres
  • Sycamore Hills
  • Tall Oaks
  • Tamara Gardens
  • Tamarack
  • Tanbark Trails
  • Tara
  • Tartan Glen
  • The Hollows
  • The Homesteads
  • The Knolls
  • The Landing Historic District
  • The Parke
  • Timber Lake
  • Tower Heights
  • Trier Ridge Park
  • Turnberry Ridge
  • Valley Park Forest
  • Valley Place
  • Vesey
  • Victoria Park
  • Village of Buckingham
  • Village of Buckingham Villas
  • Village Woods
  • Villas of Chandlers Cove
  • Villas of Dawson Creek
  • Villas of Lacabreah
  • Villas of Stone Cove
  • Villas of the Marketplace
  • Villas of Valencia
  • Walden
  • Wallen
  • Wallen Chase
  • Wallen Hills
  • Waterford
  • Waterswolde
  • Wedgewood Place
  • West Lakes
  • West Lawn
  • West Rudisill
  • Westchester
  • Westchester Glens
  • Westchester Glens Vilals
  • Westchester Lakes
  • Westchester Ridge
  • Westfield
  • Westowwd
  • Westwood North
  • Westwood Valley
  • Wheatridge
  • Whispering Meadows
  • Wild Meadows
  • Williams Park
  • Williams-Woodland Park Historic District
  • Willshire Estates
  • Wilmarbee
  • Windmill Ridge
  • Windrift
  • Windsor Woods
  • Windswept
  • Winterfield
  • Winterset
  • Woodhurst Condos
  • Woodland Hills
  • Woodland Lake
  • Woodland Ridge
  • Woodlands of Riverside
  • Woodlea
  • Woodmark Condos
  • Woodmont
  • Woodmont Ridge
  • Wyndemere

[continued ]

Because Samuel Hanna by then a judge liked things done with dispatch, the second City Hall was finished that very year but it failed to provide all the room necessary to house the entire City government. By 1885, new noises were heard calling for a new City Hall that could house all the City's offices and bring pride to the community. A committee was formed to study details of a new building and 1892, after several annual tax levies, the committee provided $69,919.68 in the building construction fund. On April 20 1893, the new City Hall was completed at a cost of $57,489.00 and praised as "an ornament to the City," ... "the best, the most complete, most elegant appearing and most economically constructed City Hall in Indiana or anywhere else," stated one of the City's newspapers.

For a long time the forks of the three rivers located in Fort Wayne was considered one of the most strategic positions in the new world. It is possible now, as it was in the early 17th Century, to travel from Quebec, Canada up the St. Lawrence River through the Great Lakes, up the Maumee River to its junction with the St. Mary's and St. Joseph. Then, by portage only about eight miles, launch a boat into the headwaters of the Wabash River which, in turn, flows into the Ohio River. Thus, the travel from Quebec, Canada to New Orleans can be made completely by water except for an eight mile portage located here at Fort Wayne.

As early as 1632 the French saw the importance of a fort located here in order to secure a trade route, and in 1686 they built a fort called Miami after the Indian trip which controlled the area. In 1760 the French fort was captured by the British who were intent upon controlling the fur trade in the area. After that time, and until the American Revolution, the Union Jack flew over the fort.

On July 10, 1787, Secretary of War Henry Knox recommended a chain of posts in the now Indiana, Ohio area. These forts were to be built "to awe the savages, cover the surveyors and prevent (British) intrusions." One location he mentioned for such a post was the headwaters of the Maumee River. General Anthony Wayne, chosen by President Washington after the defeat of two American armies, was asked to secure the area for American settlement. The bold defeat of the Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket at the Battle of Fallen Timbers quickly settled the Indian uprising, and on September 17, 1794, General Wayne and his army reached the junction of the three rivers. On October 24th, five days after the general's army completed the building of a new American fort, the fort was formally named Fort Wayne by Colonel John Hamtranch. By 1819 all Indian trouble in this area had ended and the American troops left the post. However, several settlers were already establishing farms, and commercial trade stores. Among these settlers was a man named Samuel Hanna, who later would become one of the area's first judges. Around 1840, Samuel Hanna donated to the City of Fort Wayne the land in which the old City Hall now sits.

† David R. Vervalin, Assistant Director, Department of Urban Affairs, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Indiana, CIty Hall, 1973, National Park Service Nomination Document, National Park Service, Washington, D.C., accessed September, 2021.


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