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Fort Wayne neighborhood joins National Register of Historic Places

Statement as issued Friday by ARCH about the Lafayette Place neighborhood on the city’s south side:

ARCH is pleased to announce that we received notice from the State of Indiana today that three of ARCH’s Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) were listed in the NRHP on January 9th. Lafayette Place Historic District in Fort Wayne, roughly bounded by Lafayette and Calhoun Streets, and Pettit and McKinnie Avenues is significant in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Community Planning

ARCH will feature Lafayette Place Historic District in our Annual Home and Garden Tour this June.

Peru High School Historic District in Peru and the Meshingomesia Cemetery and Indian School in Grant County are properties nominated by ARCH with the assistance and cooperation of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana (MNI).

The Peru High School District, significant in the areas of Architecture, Education, and Entertainment and Recreation, is now the headquarters of the MNI. The historic basketball Tig-Arena is part of the Peru High School Historic District. The Meshingomesia Cemetery and Indian School, near Marion, is significant in the areas of Education and Ethnic Heritage: Native American.

The Historic District was the site of the last division of Miami tribal property in Indiana, and is the best remaining property with association to Miami chief Meshingomesia. The property is now used by the MNI as a center for education and the revitalization of the Myaamia language.

All three projects were part of a project funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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