ARCH to highlight preservation of the Arts United Center

  • -

ARCH to highlight preservation of the Arts United Center

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – ARCH’s March free lecture series event will feature one of the most significant historic preservation projects in the city’s history: the updating and restoration of the Arts United Center.

Miriam Morgan learned a lot about the Arts United Center working there day after day as technical director. But it took meeting the people who showed up from all over the world at its front door, people whose trips to this continent would just not be complete without a tour of Fort Wayne’s Arts United Center, to inspire her to learn the whole story of the building that opened in 1973.

Morgan, now Chief Operating Officer, will tell that story and share Arts United’s plans to update and restore the building designed by world-famous architect Louis Kahn at 11 a.m March 23 in Meeting Room A at the Allen County Public Library Downtown as part of the ARCH Fun & Free Lecture Series.

This aerial view of the Arts United Center shows it in place on the downtown Arts Campus. Details of its world-famous design as the only performing arts theater ever built by architect Louis Kahn can be seen: the arches, the brick and the outside of the “violin in a violin case” structure that Kahn used to isolate the theater from the noise of the railroad tracks outside. Photo courtesy of Arts United

 

The annual lecture series features topics about local and regional history and historic preservation, and each year ARCH invites a different community group to feature its activities and achievements. This year ARCH chose Arts United and the Arts United Center restoration project.

“Arts United’s plans to update and restore the now nearly 50-year old building are one of the most significant historical preservation projects ever planned in Fort Wayne,” said Connie Haas Zuber, ARCH Executive Director.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The series is supported by funding from Arts United and the Sledd Foundation.