Discover the history of your home or commercial building

Building Histories

Consulting a variety of historical records, ARCH will provide you with a narrative history about your residential or commercial property to include information on architectural style, the first known owners or residents, first known use, and approximate date of construction if such information is found to be available.

The cost for a residential building history is $75 and $175 for commercial histories. An hourly rate of $30 will apply if additional information on subsequent owners or uses is desired. This is a great first step in recognizing and appreciating the history of your property!

This history on the commercial block at 1434-1436 Wells Street, is just one example of the stories that we can uncover through our research: http://bit.ly/wellsstarch

Records Request

Free—ARCH holds an extensive research collection in our offices at the Rankin House. If you are conducting your own research, you may contact our staff to pull files for you at no charge. Copies can be made in our office; the first 5 pages are free and any additional pages are 10 cents per page.

National Register of Historic Places

ARCH has broad experience completing National Register nominations for individual properties, large and small historic districts, churches, schools, farms, landscapes and many other types of resources. Samples of our work can be found here: http://bit.ly/natregarch

Please contact us to discuss the project and pricing.

Presentations & Walking Tours

ARCH staff is available to speak to a wide range of audiences on various preservation and history topics throughout the year. Presentation topics include “Preservation 101,” “Architectural Styles,” “Historic Preservation for Real Estate Professionals,” “Preservation Law,” and many others. Presentations on related topics of interest can be tailored to your group, as well.

We also lead exciting and informative walking tours on Fort Wayne’s history and architecture through downtown Fort Wayne.  Contact us for our current pricing schedule!

Through a generous grant from the Lincoln Foundation, ARCH is able to offer all school tours and classroom presentations for the 2017-2018 school year available for free!

Miscellaneous Services

Historic Resource Surveys, Historic Tax Credits, Historic Structure Reports, OCRA Grant Applications, Design Guidelines.

For more information contact ARCH at information@archfw.org, (260) 426-5117