Friday, May 31, 2013

Brookside Mansion

Brookside Mansion, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Today I want to introduce you to the Brookside Mansion in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The first cottage was built in 1889 but was destroyed in a fire. It was  replaced in 1903 by this mansion.

It was built by John Henry Bass (1835-1922), a native of Salem, Kentucky.

In 1944 The Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration bought the home and 65 acres from the Bass family. 

It is now listed as the John H. Bass Mansion with the National Register of Historic Places.

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to have a private tour of the home. Needless to say I was in awe and respect. 

This beautiful piece of history was recognized by Indiana Landmarks and received the coveted Cook Cup in April.

There will be more on this later, but for now, I just wanted to introduce you to  the Brookside Mansion. 


Anonymous said...

This man who built the mansion is a study in economics. benefiting from a military industrial complex , he being the supplier of train wheels during the Civil War --building his fortunes to start a Bank. A Bank, paying people pennies to use their money to build a fortune of his own. But hay, that is capitalism --we think it is so wonderful. I suppose he was in the 1% back then.

Lou Ann Homan said...

I am just in the beginning stages of research. Yes, he was involved in train wheels. How did you know that?