Lincoln Tower

By: kmom14

Apr 01 2013

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Category: Fort Wayne

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The Lincoln Tower is the tall building in the background. It was built in the 1930’s and is the 3rd tallest building in Fort Wayne and until 1962, was the tallest building in the State of Indiana.

I worked on the 4th floor of the building years ago when it was Lincoln National Bank. The lobby is breathtaking with its marble floors and a fresco on the ceiling. If you ever watch the movie “In The Company of Men”, which was shot in Fort Wayne, the lobby is in the last scene.

It also has a snack bar on the first floor that used to (and may still) have an old time soda fountain.

Being an older building, when I worked there it had older building problems. Although I was never personally stuck in the elevators, there were several people in the building that did when I worked there. There was also an issue with adding phone lines, but the worst had to be the restrooms that were in the stairwell and sometimes we would see cockroaches as long as your middle finger.


One comment on “Lincoln Tower”

  1. What’s so amazing about the building of the Lincoln Tower? It was built by a bank for it’s new home— in 1927. I think the former bank was The German- American Bank or something with German in it. In 1927 Germany wasn’t very popular– not since 1917.
    Fort Wayne and indeed Northern Indiana ( my family included) were from German descent. As the depression deepened the decision was made to continue with the Tower project. At a time of ” Bank Holidays” and banks not re-opening, mass unemployment, home and farm foreclosures and soup lines. Employment building The Tower was a real blessing and inspired confidence in Lincoln National Bank when at a time the banking institution was considered dishonest and untrustworthy.

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