Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find the Courthouse?
Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust
715 South Calhoun, Room 300
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
See location on Google Maps.
Hours of Operation:
When is the Courthouse open?
The Courthouse is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Can I get a tour of the courthouse? Is there a fee?
Yes, you may schedule a tour of the Allen County Courthouse for your group by contacting the office. Groups of 5 or more may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A $2.00 per person donation is suggested.
How long do the tours last and what information is covered?
A trained docent will interpret the artwork and describe the history and preservation of this National Historic Landmark. Tours take approximately 1 hour.
Are there restrictions on the age of the group or number of people?
We recommend that children be in at least 4th grade and that the group be no larger than 30 people. We are able to provide more than one docent, if multiple classrooms or large organizations wish to tour at the same time.
Can I get a tour on a weekend?
Yes, the Courthouse is open occasionally throughout the year on the first Sunday of the month and for special events (see the Calendar of Events). You may also make special arrangements through the Trust to set up security and a docent for your private group. Security and rental fees apply.
Does the Trust provide literature for a self-guided tour?
Yes, guide booklets for a walking tour are provided at no cost. Guides may be picked up in the Trust office, room 109, or at the security desk. Brochures describing the preservation are also available. Books about the restoration and artwork are available for purchase through the Trust or at the Fort Wayne History Center.
Courthouse Rental/Photography and Press Conferences:
Can the Courthouse be rented for private functions?
Yes, the Courthouse is available for rent during evening and weekend hours. Please see the Special Events section for more details and an outline of the use policy.
Is the Courthouse Green available for private functions?
The Courthouse Green was created as a passive park from which visitors can appreciate the beauty of the Courthouse. Events are not permitted in the park.
Can the Courthouse be used for commercial photography or television advertising?
Yes, the Courthouse can be rented during evening and weekend hours for commercial purposes. See the Use Policy and Agreement for more details.
Can the Courthouse be used for press conferences?
The Courthouse rotunda is available to all Allen County offices for news conferences. However, all offices MUST receive prior approval from the Allen County Commissioners’ Office.
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