Allen County Courthouse

Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County Courthouse is a Beaux-Arts style courthouse, designed by Brentwood C. Tolan. The Allen County Courthouse has the largest and most varied ensemble of scagliola in the nation. EverGreene’s team of scagliola restoration artisans worked side by side with subcontractor Hayles and Howe to set new standards in the conservation, repair, and replication of scagliola. Restoration of polychromatic and metallic painting throughout the courthouse was also completed by EverGreene.

The Allen County Courthouse Trust also sought to recreate lost murals by Florian Piexotto depicting important military events in Indiana’s history, as part of the restoration of artwork throughout the Beaux-Arts style courthouse. EverGreene was commissioned to replicate the original murals around the 160-foot-long perimeter using the same style, composition and color palette. A team of artists studied photographs of the original murals, painting techniques, colors in the extant murals, and costumes of the period. Elements of the composition had to be interpreted and redesigned. EverGreene prepared a comprehensive scaled layout, color maquette, and full-size mock-up for approval by the client prior to painting. The new murals convey drama through the expressions and gestures of figures and maintain the historical authenticity of the courtroom. The restoration was complete in time for the 2002 celebration of the building’s 100th anniversary.