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Allen County Courthouse

715 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, 46802

Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Photo: Diego Delso License: CC BY-SA 3.0
The Allen County Courthouse is in the heart of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the county seat of Allen County. Built between 1897 and 1902, it is a nationally significant example of Beaux-Arts architecture.
The cornerstone was laid November 17, 1897. The building was dedicated September 23, 1902. On September 23, 2002, the building was re-dedicated on its centennial after a seven-year restoration effort.

The Beaux-Arts architecture-style structure includes such features as four 25-by-45-foot (7.6 m × 13.7 m) murals by Charles Holloway, twenty-eight different kinds of scagiola covering 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2), bas-reliefs and art glass. Each of the five court rooms has its own color scheme.

Atop the building is a 255-foot (78 m)-high copper-clad domed rotunda, itself topped by a 14-foot (4.3 m) statue wind vane of Lady Liberty. The larger than life statue has feet that would wear a woman's shoe size of 28.

The building materials include Bedford Limestone and Vermont granite with Italian marble details. A tunnel was constructed to connect the Courthouse with the City-County Building located across the street.

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