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The historic Wolf and Dessauer lighted Santa Claus display on the side of the PNC Bank Building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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Fort Wayne's Lighted Santa Display #2

This 150 foot long lighted Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer is the most famous Christmas decoration in 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.

A decade later, it was discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, it 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 display.

Nearly all of the wiring needed replaced to meet modern safety regulations, and it needed more than 40,000 small colored light bulbs! After the restoration was completed in the early 1980s, Santa was put back on display on the side of the Fort Wayne National Bank building.

Every year, right before Thanksgiving, Santa and his reindeer are assembled in sections on the side of the building, now known as the PNC Bank Building.

In addition to the Santa display, Wolf and Dessauer also had large wreaths, also made of thousands of colored lights. They were found and restored alongside the Santa display, and both are displayed each year on other downtown Fort Wayne buildings.

This is the second photograph that I made this evening. Just eight minutes before I made this photograph, I had made another one of Santa and his sleigh. The light was very different in that earlier one, as day was slipping into night in that short interval between the two photographs.





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