Centlivre home part of Fort Wayne brewing history

The Charles F. & Mollie Centlivre House, left, and the brick carriage house seen at right are part of a proposed historic preservation area in an ordinance introduced Jan. 8 by the Fort Wayne City Council. LISA ESQUIVEL LONG

By Lisa Esquivel Long

FORT WAYNE — A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m Jan. 22 on designating a home once owned by the operators of the C. L. Centlivre Brewing Co. as a historic district.

The Fort Wayne City Council introduced an ordinance at its Jan. 8 meeting on the proposed Charles F. & Mollie Centlivre House Local Historic District. It is a collection of three buildings at 2417 and 2419 Spy Run Ave., according to documents filed with council. Built in 1886 by Wing & Mahurin for the couple’s marriage, the Queen Anne home is not only associated with the brewery, but also has many interesting architectural features. It has a high hipped roof at the center with several cross gables, decorative eaves and a three-story, square tower.

Behind the house is a rectangular brick carriage house. It’s different from most local carriage houses of the period because it is oversized for just residential use and might have been part of the brewery operation. It first appears on a 1902 map. It’s made of red brick and was designed to allow a carriage or wagon to drive through it.

The third building is the Centlivre/Old Crown Brewery delivery truck garage built around 1952 specifically for the brewery operation.

The brewery closed in 1974.