In 1895, the good citizens of Fort Wayne, Indiana organized a Public Library of 3,000 volumes within the City Hall.
By 1898, the city fathers had purchased a plot of land in a prominent place on which to erect a library.
A gift from the industialist/philanthropist, Andrew Canregie, made possible the imposing library that was completed in 1904.
A vintage postcard from the late 1930’s shows this structure.
Alas, in the 1960’s (a terrible and desperate time for urban centers), the magnificent structure was razed to create a new Library building, the Allen County Library.
Massive reconstruction on the site occurred again in the last ten years.Â While the curent Allen County Library now includes lots of flexible meeting space, a genealogical center, thirteen branches within the county, and an on-site used book store and a Dunkin Donuts -Â the library complex posesses all the charm of an airport terminal.
I googled the location of the current library, and “walked” around the block where the Carneigie library stood – it is a wasteland.
I hate, am driven frantic by, the destruction of a city’s architectural heritage.
This is what was demolished.