Old Crown Brewery, gone but not forgotten.
After closing in December of 1973 the old brewery set idle. Local investor, Karl Jensen purchased the brewery buildings and land, with plans of converting the brewery into apartments, retail space and a restaurant. The renovations never took place. The brewing equipment was stripped out through openings cut through the walls, and after years of vandalism and neglect, the property was condemned. The remaining brewery buildings came down in 1991. Today a used car lot occupies the land where the Centlivre family, once built a great part of Fort Wayne's history.
Here are a few photos taken in March 1976. Photo credits; Larry Stevens.