Historic Harvester Power Plant to be demolished

Historic Harvester Power Plant to be demolished
Historic Harvester Power Plant to be demolished(WPTA)
Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A change is underway in Fort Wayne as the Harvester Power Plant is set to be demolished.

The building has stood for almost a century and will be coming down due to structural issues with the plant, which has been vacant since 1983.

“I was told initially a few years ago that this building fall down before they can take it down,” Harvester Homecoming, Inc. founder Ryan DuVall said.

DuVall knows a lot about the old Harvester Power Plant.

“It was built in 1923, supplied power to the entire big truck plant as well as part of the Harvester Neighborhood,” DuVall said.

The plant is topped with smoke stacks and is part of a larger complex with other businesses. As of now, the rest of the complex won’t be touched.

“This is one that we were not able to save and really no one could save it,” DuVall said.

Duvall said this is a building that has impacted so many people in our community.

“The skyline is not going to be the same, when you look out and see the tower from a far and see those smoke stacks,” DuVall said. “The 5:00 whistle was on the roof of that thing and when they fired it up at quitting time, you could hear it for miles.”

Step one of the process is removing the asbestos inside the plant. While he’s sad to see it come down, Duvall understands why it must come down.

“People have asked me about saving this building and I’m more concerned about saving buildings that can be saved,” DuVall said.

DuVall said the entire process of bringing the building down could take up to six months.

No word on what could go in its place.

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