The Canal House
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.
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. • Architecture • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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 172 times since then and 16 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.