Allen County- Fort Wayne (1902-)

Here it is, boys, the granddaddy of all Indiana Courthouses- Allen County’s in Fort Wayne. Take a second to feast your eyes, because you won’t find one this magnificent anywhere else in the state. Heck, you won’t even find many state capitols at this level of opulence. Finished in 1902 at a cost of $817,000 […]

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Allen County- Fort Wayne (2011-)

  In my view, a classic downtown should have a classic department store, and that was Wolf & Dessauer in Fort Wayne. Sam Wolf and Myron Dessauer opened their first mercantile, a humble dry goods store, in a two-story building on Calhoun Street in 1896. But by 1918, the store had become so popular that […]

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Decatur County- Greensburg (1860-)

Most of the state’s charming old courthouses can be found in southern Indiana. A great example is Greensburg’s in Decatur County. The 115-foot-tall building, built in 1860, is one of five pre-Civil War courthouses still utilized by county government today, along with those in Morgan, Ohio, Orange, and Jefferson counties. Constructed of pinkish brick, the […]

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Porter County- Valparaiso (1883/1937-)

As I’m happy to repeatedly assert without concession, we’re lucky to have so many historic courthouses in Indiana. But that’s not to say that keeping the venerable structures around has been easy! Courthouses across the state have been subject to wrecking balls, ugly renovations, tornadoes, and even bombings. It’s quite a portfolio of maladies that […]

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