Historic Fort Wayne Home is Latest Culture Center

By WISE Web News

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--There’s something new on one of Fort Wayne’s oldest streets, in one of the city’s finest old homes. Welcome to the Schultz House, built at the turn of the last century by a Dr. Schultz and now listed on the register of historic homes. It’s also home to Potter’s Wife Gallery, Fort Wayne’s newest art gallery. It’s maiden exhibit features works by well known city artists like Art Cislo and Frank Bougher. But there’s more to this historic space than first meets the eye.

In the basement sisters Christine Hudson and Kate Fowler cut and sew and stuff new life into old furniture. This portion of the Schultz House is Delaney’s Upholstery, Fort Wayne’s newest upholstery shop. And up on the third floor of the home is a fine collection of used and antique furniture for sale. A great sport to find a bargain. One house, three floors, three different enterprises.

“Love it! Absolutely love it,” says Christine Hudson. “You know you never get bored. We love that people can come in and look for ten different things and find it here.”

The Potter’s Wife Gallery has been a dream of Christine Hudson and husband Dan since the two dated in college. Both are plugged into the local art scene and want to help nurture it. The artists in their maiden show, for instance, are all personal friends.

“And it’s a good springboard for us to say hey we have quality artists here and we have real talent in Fort Wayne,” says Dan Hudson, “and this is an outlet for anyone who loves art.”

It’s a new use for a grand old house. Where once families trod, business is being transacted, with ample space set aside to celebrate the finer things in life. Eric Olson out in ‘Your Country’.




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