To celebrate their official inscription on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association is hosting a Home & Garden Tour on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Our last Home Tour in 2015 was a 100th birthday celebration for our neighborhood. Our recent recognition on the National Register gives us another exciting reason to welcome people to our beautiful neighborhoods and historic homes,” said Alex Krouse, President of the Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association.
Developed in 1915 by Frank Hilgeman and Albert Schaaf, the Harrison Hill neighborhood is south of downtown Fort Wayne in the popular 46807 ZIP code. Hilgeman and Schaaf previously owned Arcadia Court (1912), Oak Wood Place (1913), Oak Dale Place (1913), and Englewood Court (1914) designed; Finally, in 1917, they completed Southwood Park.
One of the stately Colonial Revival homes featured on the upcoming Home and Garden Tour was actually the home of Schaaf and his family. This 1918 home retains many of its original features, such as B. the front door and window surrounds, the hardwood floors, the crown moldings, the laundry chute and the walk-in loft on the third floor. It also features two staircases; the rear was for the family maid and flowed from the kitchen to the maid’s apartment.
The Harrison Hill estate was once the farm and brickworks of the Moellering family. Rising 35 to 50 feet higher than the sidewalks surrounding the courthouse, it created a hill on South Harrison Street that offered views of downtown Fort Wayne to the north and the countryside to the south (hence the name Harrison Hill). To this day, the farmhouse is in the neighborhood and the soil in this area is still very clayey due to the brickworks.
In addition to being listed on the National Register, the Harrison Hill Neighborhood also received a Neighborhood Grant from the City of Fort Wayne last year to develop parkland into Harrison Hill Triangle Park. The building owners of the quarter planned the floor plan taking into account public green spaces. Large grassy boulevards span the middle of South Harrison Street, along with oversized easements running between Cornell and Seminole Circles. Krouse explained that the Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association regularly uses these public spaces for neighborhood events, such as the annual “Summer Concert on the Boulevard.”
The Home & Garden Tour in June welcomes participants to ten historic houses and gardens, two churches and all the green spaces in the neighborhood. Local artists sell their work at an art market hosted by Bread and Circus. Food trucks provide lunch and snacks for those wandering around the neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at HarrisonHillFW.com or on the day of the event for $18; Children under 12 are free.
Tickets can be collected on the day of the event on the grassy boulevard of South Harrison Street south of Redeemer Lutheran Church or near the entrance of Harrison Hill Elementary School. Parking is available at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Harrison Hill Elementary School and throughout the neighborhood.