John Brown Stone Warehouse
This historic stone building is Fort Wayne's oldest commercial building still standing and the last in the city associated with the Wabash & Erie Canal. Stonemason and building supplies merchant John Brown constructed it in 1852. A native of Scotland, Brown used it as his warehouse and it was located a mere 50 feet from the canal and the towpath (the path that runs alongside a canal on which horses and mules pulled boats). Currently, it appears that the building is vacant and not being maintained. A historical marker is affixed on next to the front doors and another marker is located just a few feet away.
Backstory and Context
Harter, Randy. "Canal House." Fort Wayne Reader. April 7, 2018. http://www.fortwaynereader.com/story.php?uid=3391.
Smith, Creager. "John Brown Stone Warehouse." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. December 15, 1997. https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/r/21c27/N/John_Brown_Stone_Warehouse_Allen_CO_Nom.pdf.
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