Marshall S. Mahurin was a very successful local Architect who was a part of two very successful and prolific architecture firms. Born in Indiana in 1857. On October 2nd, 1888 he married his wife Cora A. Diggins, and they had three children Helen in 1890, Margeria 1896, and Angnes Mahurin in 1893. Marshall was active in the community within the Shriners organization and was elected the New Potentate of the Mizpath Shrine. His nephew Guy Mahurin would later become his partner at the firm of Mahurin & Mahurin, his first partnership would be with John F. Wing at Wing & Mahurin.

His partnership was one of the most successful architecture firms in the late 19th and early 20th century. Their partnership would help design and construct dozen of commercial, public works, and residential housing. Their partnership would come to an end in 1907, on the 28th of February an announcement in the local Fort Wayne news detail the new formation of the Firm between Marshall and his nephew Guy. Guy had been a draftsman and minor partner of Wing & Mahurin before the breakup of Wing & Mahurin. A vast num­ber of structure designed by Marshall and his partners over the years had their works are listed on the U.S. National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

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Marshall S. Mahurin 1857-1939

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“The ethics of the American Institute of Architects seek to promote the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession and to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society”

A quote from Marshall Mahurin in an article talking about his opinion about honest architecture and how he felt it was his duty of architect to embody the best professionalism and design better and safer structures to further architecture advancements. Architects should strive for safety and efficiency which combined beautiful aesthetic and strong sound structures

Notable Structures Designed by Marshall S. Mahurin, and his collaborations with Wing & Mahurin, Guy Mahurin, and Wing & Guy M. Mahurin.

  1. Beech Grove Cemetery, 1400 W. Kilgore Ave. Muncie, IN
  2. Allen County Orphans’ Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  3. Hon. R. C. Bell Residence, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  4. Dr. D. S. Brown Residence, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  5. Central Fire Station, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  6. Greenfield High School, Greenfield, Indiana
  7. Indiana State School for Feeble-Minded Children, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  8. The McDonald & Taylor Fire-Proof Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  9. US Post Office and Courthouse, 1300 W. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, Indiana
  10. 812 S. Calhoun St. Mordhurst oriental drug Store Building, Queen Anne, c 1886
  11. 435 E. Berry St. J.C. Peltier House, Queen Anne/Romanesque, 1886
  12. Fort Wayne City Hall, Fort Wayne, Indiana built 1893, Richardsonian Romanesqe-style
  13. The Fort Wayne Saengerbund Building, 1896, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  14. Marshall S. Mahuin Residence, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  15. Engine House No. 3, 1900, 226 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana
  16. Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1900, 1126 S. Barr St., Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  17. John H. Bass Mansion, 1902, Fort Wayne, Indiana. NRHP-listed
  18. 1202 W. Wayne St. B. Paul Mossman House, Romanesque, 1905

Further Reading and Citation

  1. http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/preservation.html
  2. https://eng.archinform.net/arch/88112.mobi.htm
  3. https://archive.org/details/wingmahurinarchi00wing
  4. Ohio Architect and Builder, Volume 27. Place of Publication Not Identified: Nabu Press, 2012.

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