Fort Wayne Arts United Center restoration plans

Sometimes you have to mix a little bit of old with a little bit of new to keep up with the times, and that's what Fort Wayne Arts United Center is trying to do.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 4:55 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2019 9:23 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - One of Fort Wayne's historical buildings is hoping to be restored and updated.

"Connectivity to The Landing which is literally just a block away from our flagship facility, and a hop and a skip to Freimann Square, and we're really close to the confluent of the rivers, so connecting it to all of those various components is important to us," Miriam Morgan, C.O.O for Fort Wayne Arts United Center said.

It's been said you can't come to Fort Wayne and not check out Fort Wayne Arts United Center mainly because of the unique architecture. The challenge however is, becoming accessible for everyone, so they are trying through wayfinding,signage, lighting, and pedestrian cues. This particular arch lecture informed people about the history and changes they're hoping to make.

"The project they are gearing up to do at the Arts United Center is probably the most significant art preservation project happening right now in Fort Wayne. Arts United is a world renowned architectural treasure designed by Louie Kahn, and it's his only performing arts theatre in the whole world," Arch, Inc. Executive Director Connie Haas Zuber said.

Being a historic preservation non-profit in Fort Wayne, they're trying to get the word out to help the center.
Right now only 4 people in wheelchairs can be accommodated when they're attending performances, adjustments have to be made in advance, and there is no ramp.

"Sometimes we've had to do things like construct a ramp on to the loading dock to get a performer in a wheelchair to the stage," Morgan explained.

However, changes can't take place without fundraising.

"Everything that we do in terms of building maintenance, upkeep, and operation is all done through private dollars because we are not a city entity we're a private non-profit," Morgan added.

If all goes as planned, work on connecting the arts district and other changes would take place in about three years.

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