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Property Name Ninde--Mead--Farnsworth House
Reference Number 13000082
State Indiana
County Allen
Town Fort Wayne
Street Address 734 East State Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/20/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Commerce, Invention
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The Ninde-Mead-Farnsworth House is significant under National Register Criterion B for its association with commerce and invention. Between the years of 1913 and 1968, two men connected to companies or events of national significance lived in the residence. Daniel B. Ninde was first to live here from about 1910, the approximate date of construction, until1913.26 Mr. Ninde served as the attorney for the incorporation of Lincoln National Life Insurance Company (Lincoln), now Lincoln Financial Group, a company established in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that quickly gained national prominence for its innovation in the i ndust~ and that still exists today. 27 Mr. Ninde held various offices with Lincoln until his retirement from the company in 1930.2 Add itionally , Mr. Ninde was associated with The Wildwood Builders Company, 29 a residential development and home building company based in Fort Wayne, and publishers of The Wildwood Magazine, a nationally-known publication that reported on architecture, city planning, and interior design. 30 Although Mr. Ninde was associated with these well known companies, he only lived in this house a short while before regularly moving into Wildwood Builders Company homes every few years. 31 Two later residents of the house would have a greater historical impact at the national and international levels.


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