Historic Fort Wayne House Has New Plan for Future Created by kblakeslee on 4/16/2013 11:11:29 AM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ A plan to rescue a 155-year-old Fort Wayne house that has been home to the Wabash and Erie Canal's boat master and vaudeville acts is moving forward.
The Fairfield Nestel house has been on a city list of endangered properties since 2006 and had once been targeted for demolition. The News-Sentinel reports that changed in 2007 when a historic preservation group announced plans to donate it to a California contractor who had once lived in Fort Wayne.
The real estate crash scrapped the plan, but now a local businessman hopes to get city approval to restore the house.
Ben Roney says he can't wait to get started on the project. He estimates the work could take three to five years and cost $100,000.