Do you have two hours to spare during your visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana? Discover some of Fort Wayne, Indiana's remarkable architectural destinations.
3 Architectural Gems in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Eero Saarinen is considered one of the masters of the American 20th century architecture. Discover Saarinen's work at the Concordia Theological Seminary. This beautiful campus is crowned by the austere, minimalist a-frame church made of concrete that rises 97 feet at its apex. Plus, the altar in the Kramer Chapel is created from one six-ton piece of Vermont marble.
The silence and peace inside are palpable giving homage to the original intent of the school, which was founded in 1846 to train American men to be Lutheran ministers.
Saarinen, a brilliant Finnish-American, also designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the main terminal at Dulles International Airport, the MIT Chapel and the United States Embassy in London.
6600 North Clinton Street | (260) 452-2100
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
This traditional cathedral began with a humble log structure in 1835 and the cathedral as we see it today began construction in 1857 and was completed in 1860.
The French priest, Reverend Benoit worked with his co-architect, Thomas Lau to design the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, a lofty structure tha's one of the oldest building in Northern Indiana continuously in public use according to the National Historic Sites Register. The exterior resurfacing was completed in 1950 after the war with Indiana limestone and Wisconsin Lannon stone. The inspirational stained-glass windows depict scenes in the life of Mary were made in Munich, Germany and installed in 1896.
1122 South Clinton Street
This Fort Wayne landmark is in an old residential neighborhood. Originally completed in 1905 as a wedding gift from the wealthy parents of Paul Mossman and his bride, it currently houses Castle Gallery, a charming multi-level gallery.
Designed in the Richardson Romanesque style, this building can best be described as an eclectic combination of French, Spanish and Romanesque characteristics. Inside are hundreds of original paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry and furniture for sale. A gigantic but very real and sedate collie sits looking like a sculpture on one of the many Persian carpets inside while you can sip some of the hot apple cider provided by the gallery owner.
1202 West Wayne Street | (260) 426-6568
- Masonic Temple, 216 E Washington Blvd.