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Historic preservation capitalizes on the long-term investment in our built heritage.

In return, we enjoy using beautiful, historic buildings and places in new ways, but historic preservation also repays our investment with jobs, sustainably efficient use of materials, affordable places to live, work and play and authentic places in our towns, cities and countryside that tell the stories of the people who built the places.

Historic preservation is an important tool for places that want to succeed in the 21st century. Our well-preserved older buildings welcome today’s and tomorrow’s people to spend their lives here.

Our Mission

Founded 1975

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Invest in history for our future


Have fun learning about history and historic preservation at ARCH events

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ARCH’s historic preservation projects support the community’s future

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Deepen your historic preservation knowledge and practice with these resources

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About ARCH

Learn about who we are, how we came to be and how and why we do what we do

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Spotlight on current projects

Heritage Trail

Rankin House

Rockhill-Tyler House

Canton Laundry

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About ARCH’s advocacy, education, research, fundraising and fun

Send us 2022 ARCHie Nominees

ARCH Inc., the historic preservation non-profit organization serving Allen County and Northeast Indiana, invites everyone who knows of a historic building that has been successfully preserved in the past two years to nominate it for a 2022 ARCHie Award. ARCH is accepting nominations through Feb. 1, 2022, for its annual award program that recognizes the preservation efforts of individuals, businesses and institutions in Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana. This year new Interior Rehabilitation ARCHies are being awarded, and individual buildings can be entered for either or both exterior [...]

2021 ARCHie Award winners

Top local, area projects lead ARCH’s Historic Preservation Month celebration ARCH Inc., the historic preservation non-profit in Fort Wayne since 1975, celebrated Historic Preservation Month May 19 by honoring its 2021 ARCHie Award winners in Fort Wayne and Northeast [...]

Built Heritage ABCs

ARCH Inc. presents its Built Heritage ABCs for children of all ages to enjoy and learn from. We hope our hometown ABCs will be a good electronic book to share while you learn about the wonderful, rich, beautiful variety [...]

Rankin House: Little House, Big History

Welcome to the newest tour created by ARCH Inc. It's a virtual, video tour of all 180 years of the history and heritage of the Alexander R. Rankin House, our home, where the walls should be bursting at the [...]


Historic buildings and places connect us to our community’s story in ways that we cannot replicate. Cultural landmarks enhance our lives socially, culturally and economically. Today, businesses and homeowners are rediscovering and reinvesting in historic buildings, neighborhoods and commercial villages because this is where we want to work, live and play. ARCH’s work is beneficial and necessary to ensure that these architectural and cultural assets accurately reflect our legacy and continue to repay the investment our communities have made in them.

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