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The historic Wolf and Dessauer giant lighted wreath on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 


Fort Wayne's Merry Christmas Wreath

This giant Merry Christmas wreath made of thousands of colored lights hangs on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center (formerly known as One Summit Square) in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Originally built in the late 1930s to adorn the side of the Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in downtown Fort Wayne, it was lost after the store closed around 1970. There was also a smaller version of this wreath and a 150 foot long Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer.

A decade later, all three of the Wolf and Dessauer Christmas displays were discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, they needed hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars worth of parts to restore it to functioning condition. A group of local electricians, including my grandfather, John Westerfield, volunteered their time to rebuild the historic displays.

After the restoration was complete in the early 1980s, they were put back on display during the Christmas season.

The Indiana-Michigan Power Center, Fort Wayne's tallest building, occupies the block in downtown Fort Wayne bounded by Washington Boulevard, Calhoun Street, Clinton Street, and Wayne Street.

The wreath hangs on the back of the building, facing north toward Wayne Street. The land behind the building is a public plaza, which was so icy when I was there photographing that I had to smash holes in the ice with a flashlight I had in my pocket just to keep the tripod from sliding!

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