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Troy Laundry Company ca. 1918

By Randy Harter

Fort Wayne Reader


Founded in 1876, the Troy Laundry Company was the city’s first steam laundry and was originally located at 308-314 Pearl Street at the site of today’s Aunt MiIlie’s Bakeries.

In 1914, brothers-in-law Fremont Jones and his sister’s husband Ogden Pierce (who built houses next to each other on Hoagland Avenue) moved the company to this new substantial Beaux Arts style, terra-cotta façade building designed by local architects Mahurin & Mahurin. Located at 1711-1717 Calhoun, the building as shown still stands to this day. Since 2000 the building has been heavily remodeled and is now the home to Neighborhood Health Clinics, Inc., and is connected to a new parking garage across the street by an overhead walkway.

(Image Courtesy ACPL)


Randy Harter is a Fort Wayne historian and author of two books on local history.

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