Situated between Jefferson Blvd. and Washington Blvd. sit a row of c. 1890 commercial buildings. In 2010, ARCH purchased the two Italianate buildings on the south end of this corridor. At the time of acquisition, both buildings were in serious trouble: the roofs had failed, water was streaming down the rear brick wall and Neighborhood Code Enforcement was issuing fines and Orders to Repair. The buildings had solidly been on our Endangered List since 2006.
1016 Broadway, the historic Canton Laundry building, was restored to shell condition by ARCH. In Summer 2016, ARCH sold the building to Julie Wall with Hedgehog Press. Julie completed an outstanding live-work rehabilitation of the property and was awarded an ARCHie Commendation for Commercial Rehabilitation in 2017.
Rehabilitation of neighboring 1014 Broadway was completed in 2017 and remains an ARCH property. After many months of work, the building now hosts large commercial space on the first floor and two studio apartments with all the modern amenities on the second floor. Interest in living and working in downtown Fort Wayne is booming, and we had no trouble finding great tenants for the building. We would especially like to welcome our new commercial tenant, Sassie Cakes, to downtown Fort Wayne!