Front Entrance of Lincoln Bank Building

By: kmom14

May 05 2014

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Category: Fort Wayne

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Focal Length:11.6mm
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Camera:COOLPIX S3100

This is the front entrance of the Lincoln Bank Building at 116 East Berry Street in Fort Wayne.    The brass facade of the entrance is beautiful.   This building holds a special place in my heart as I worked in the building for several years.

I used to work on the third floor in an area nicknamed “the stables” where the administrative assistants worked as it had corridor of cubicles on either side of the entrance, much like a barn.

My baby shower was held in a large conference room near the top window and after my son was born I had a large collection of baby portraits that documented his first year of growth  up on my wall above my desk that I called “the wall of Kyle”.

The building was built in 1930 and remained Lincoln Bank and Trust until 1995 when it was bought out by Norwest Bank.  Norwest Bank (since then acquired by Wells Fargo Bank) built a new facility at 111 E. Wayne Street and moved to that location.

As  the bank had occupied many floors more than half the building was vacant after the move and it ended up being sold at a Sherriff’s sale after a default on the mortgage and it was purchased by Tippmann Properties and leased to a newly formed Tower Bank which was acquired just last month by Old National Bank.

As a cultural reference, if you have ever seen the movie “In the Company of Men” starring Aaron Eckhart the building may look familiar as several scenes were filmed in it in 1996.


One comment on “Front Entrance of Lincoln Bank Building”

  1. thank you for this post. I love the history and the movie reference as well as the “wall of Kyle”.

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