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Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Canal House

 
 
The Canal House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
1. The Canal House Marker
Inscription. In 1852 John Brown, a stonemason, built this last remaining vestige of the early canal era in FortWayne.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Brown came by canal boat to Allen County in 1847 with his wife Mary. He and his Scottish business partner, James Humprhey, were contractors for such area projects as canal locks, the county jail,and the Barr Street Market. In 1862, Brown sold "The Canal House" to Heinrich Drover, a German immigrant and canal boat captain who in later years served on the Fort Wayne City Council. During the 1870's, in the last years of the canal, "The Canal House" was home to several successive German families, all of whom worked on the canal. Later, the Nickle Plate Railroad used the house for storage.

As a project of the national Bicentennial in 1976, the house was saved under the direction of ARCH, the Fort Wayne architectural heritage society, and became the central offices of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.
 
Erected by Fort Wayne architectural heritage society.
 
Location. 41° 4.946′ N, 85° 8.394′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is on East Superior Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

The Canal House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
2. The Canal House Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flood Retention Walls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Journal Gazette Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Americans (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fur Traders and the Military at Fort Wayne (approx. 0.2 miles away); Headwaters Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pirogue Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Police Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miami Legend of the Sandhill Crane (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
More about this marker. The building was unoccupied at the time of this entry into the database.
 
Regarding The Canal House. There is also a very interesting artistic marker on the building itself, seen in the photos here.
 
Categories. ArchitectureSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Canal House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
3. The Canal House Marker
The Canal House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
4. The Canal House Marker
The Canal House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
5. The Canal House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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