715 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Monday - Friday
8am - 4:30pm

FAQs: Walking & Guided Tours

Can I get a guided tour of the courthouse?

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 age or the 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, you may 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. They may be picked up at the security desk when you enter the building. 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.

Are cell phones or cameras permitted in the building?

Cell phones and cameras are NOT permitted in the building during business hours. You are welcome to have your cell phones and cameras during privately hosted special events in the evening and on weekends.

FAQs: Media & Events

Can the Courthouse be used for private functions?

Yes, the Courthouse is available for rent during evening and weekend hours. Please see the Rent Space section for more details and an outline of the use policy.

Is the outdoor 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 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.

Can it be used for commercial photography or film?

Yes, the Courthouse can be rented during evening and weekend hours for commercial purposes. Please see the Rent Space section for more details and an outline of the use policy.

How do I obtain a marriage license?

The Clerk of Circuit Courts issues all marriage licenses. For information, please visit their website.