The Randall Building

The Randall Building

I wanted to follow up the post earlier today where we told you about the Randall building and how the upper floors may soon become lofts…. so here is more information on the Randall building.  Information including current tenants (which I encourage everyone to check out as they are all locally owned) as well as the history and/or historical significance.

Downtown Grind (Cafe)

FOUNDERS (Coworking Space)

Prana Yoga School (Yoga Center & School)

VanHalst Salon (Aveda Salon)

Randall Building

614-618 S. Harrison St.

Built in conjunction with the Randall Hotel that once stood to the north, the Randall Building is located in an area of downtown Fort Wayne known as “The Landing” because it was close in proximity to the now-defunct Wabash and Erie Canal.  The Randall Building was constructed in 1905 to integrate the remains of another building on the site which was partially destroyed by fire in 1904.  It is one of the largest Victorian commercial structures to be built in Fort Wayne, and one of the largest to survive.  The architecture incorporates Italianate aspects of the earlier structure.  Some of the details include visual separation of the fourth and fifth floors by a row of brick corbels topped with a limestone sill, and fifth floor windows topped with flat stone lintels then semi-circular transom lights.  A plain metal cornice with a dentilled frieze below is present on the east and south elevations.  Subtle changes in detail can be seen where remnants of the older building remain.

The building was originally owned by Perry A. Randall, a native of Noble County, Indiana, who settled in Fort Wayne in about 1873 after graduating from law school.  In addition to practicing law, he was one of the original investors in the Jenney Electric Company in Fort Wayne, serving as its first vice-president.  He continued to serve on its board of directors until the company merged with General Electric in 1911.   In 1889, Randall bought the Robinson House which was a four-story Italianate hotel building to which he added an additional floor and a new façade.  This became the Randall Hotel.  The Randall Building was initially expected to be an addition to the hotel, but was utilized as commercial space, first by an interurban railroad passenger depot and offices, a shoe factory, and a shirtwaist factory.  The Seavey Hardware Company occupied the entire building from 1914, when Randall sold the building, to 1920.  The Wayne Hardware Company utilized the structure until 1979.

National Register (individual) – 1990

-History Via the West Central Website

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