FORT WAYNE – The Foster Park neighborhood has become the fifth Fort Wayne neighborhood or property this year to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Foster Park residents worked with the city and state Historic Preservation offices to nominate the neighborhood. The project was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interiors National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.
The nomination highlighted Foster Park as an excellent example of suburban subdivision design during the early 20th century with a variety of architectural styles popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. The architecture of the neighborhood has not been greatly altered and includes styles such as craftsman bungalow, two-story Colonial revival, Tudor cottage and sleek post-WWII contemporary homes.
The Foster Park neighborhood is a valuable community asset, Mayor Tom Henry said. The historic designation serves as recognition of the beauty and importance of the neighborhood and is a great source of pride for the entire city.
The National Register is an official list of structures and areas worthy of preservation. It does not prevent owners from altering the exterior or tearing down structures, but does confer a degree of protection from federal- or state-funded projects such as highways.
Other areas added to the register this year include the Lafayette Place neighborhood, the Ninde-Mead-Farnsworth House at 734 E. State Blvd., the John H. and Mary Abercrombie House at 3130 Parnell Ave., and Wildwood Park neighborhood.
This is by far the most designations weve had in one year in a very long time, said Don Orban, historic preservation planner for the city of Fort Wayne. Our neighborhoods, ARCH, and local residents have all worked hard to make these historic designations possible and to honor our communitys rich heritage.
Other districts are Indian Village, Williams-Woodland Park, Oakdale, Illsley Place, West Rudisill, Forest Park Boulevard and part of the South Wayne neighborhood.
A brochure detailing 18 significant homes in the Foster Park Neighborhood is available at Visit Fort Wayne, 927 S. Harrison St.