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Built Heritage ABCs

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 of buildings and places in our home, its cities, towns and countryside. We hope you are inspired to plan a quick trip to see some of these places for yourselves. You can at least drive by all of them, and some are open to the public even in these pandemic times.

Architecture, you realize, is the art we all live in. All the time! So we hope this abcedary (that’s the word for a book like this!) will give you some new words to talk about the art you live in, and some new ways to look at the different architectural building blocks that the designers, engineers and builders put together to make the different buildings and places in our hometown and region. We even added some history to the book because when something was designed and built turns out to matter a lot. There are style trends in architecture as well as T shirts and sneakers! And we thought you might enjoy exploring on your own to learn more about the architects and the people who hired the architects to create the buildings for them.

This project was published in August 2020 so it could be a part of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne’s Taste of the Arts NIPSCO STEAM Park program for children and families, but it was envisioned all along as a book that would remain available on ARCH’s website. You never know when people might want to sit down and share a good book about the place where they live!

Ok, that’s all the information you need. Just click the link below and enjoy ARCH’s Built Heritage ABCs.

Video or Audio with Descriptor

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 seams with all the stories.

ARCH is able to share this tour with the help of the generous donors to the May 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow project.

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Background color should be selectable. This c. 1840 house was built by Alexander Rankin, an abolitionist minister. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.