In 1893 Wing and Mahurin began construction on Robert and Clara's Romanesque styled mansion. Same architect as the University of Saint Francis' Bass Mansion and The History Center both in Fort Wayne. Robert served as a state senator, assistant U.S. Commissioner for Indiana, huge investor in natural gas, (the reason Fort Wayne & even Chicago got natural gas when they did) and was a prominent lawyer. Clara helped form the first classes at the Fort Wayne Art School and was the co-founder of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The couple was originally from the Muncie area but moved up here for business purposes. They were a very prominent couple during their years here in Fort Wayne. Not only did Clara leave her forever footsteps at the Art Museum his law firm is still going strong known as the Barrett-McNagny law firm serving the local area still today. They only had one child Bessie but unfortunately due to illness died at 11 months old. After Robert's death in 1901 the home was sold to William K. Noble who ran a lumber company that operated in 3 states. His family of 3 lived there for 22 years and sold the building for $50,000 to The Klaehn Funeral home. In 1935 the west side addition was added due to high demand. At this time funerals were no longer held in the residents home as they were done in the 1800s. Today there are over 14,000 square feet in this absolutely breathtaking mansion. No detail has gone unnoticed. It remained a funeral home for over 93 years. Until they left the building in 2018 and the Sturm's bought the building in 2020 to preserve its beauty. We want to preserve our precious history first and foremost. History is the reason why we are all here today! We are SOOO PASSIONATE about preserving and sharing this place with the world! Everyday we are getting creative so we can keep this mansion in one piece (not 8 different apartments or even a parking lot). We hope you love this building half as much as we do! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns! We are very open minded and easy going people looking to preserve a giant piece of Fort Wayne's history!
Robert C. Bell Pictured to the right.
Spend your special day in an elegant 130 year old Victorian Mansion.
Right in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne!
All Packages include table and chairs and your choice of preferred catering options!
EVERY SATURDAY GHOST TOUR 4PM
Not only tour every square inch of this 15,000 sq ft mansion (including the embalming room with all equipment intact and the basement with body boxes and gurnies) but also hear ghoat stories occured first hand by us and other paranormal teams across the country! Doors open at 330p card/cash accepted!
Every Wednesday 7p - 11p
Come not only tour the gorgeous Bell Mansion but learn paranormal equipment techniques and maybe even capture your own paranormal activity for only $20! purchase tickets below or pay with cash or card at the door!
FLASHLIGHT GHOST TOURS (same as our normal ghost tour just in the dark) EVERY THURSDAY IN JUNE 👻👻 9PM DOORS OPEN AT 830P!!
JUNE 16 PUBLIC INVESTIGATION SUMMER SPECIAL!
7P - 1A ONLY $40 LIMITED TO ONLY 20 ALL WELCOME INCLUDING KIDS 👻👻
Come Meet, greet, hangout, ask questions, and INVESTIGATE with!!!
Come hang out at the Bell Mansion, same place he did!!
YES!!! We still think we are dreaming...
Come join us for a 90 minute guided historical tour! Come tour this gorgeous home built in 1893 by former State Senator, Robert Bell. Clara Bell, his wife, was also one of the founders of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Would you like to come investigate a location that was once a funeral home? Well here's your chance. The Bell Mansion was a funeral home for 93 years! Thousands went through this embalming room, which at one point was the only one in the Fort Wayne area. The original embalming table and other equipment are still intact.
Bring your Camera and digital recorders to not only get history of this amazing building but also capture your own paranormal evidence on this guided tour. Maybe your new to this field or just want to hear the paranormal stories of the Bell. Either way you wont be disappointed!
Looking to hold an event in downtown Fort Wayne? We might be the perfect fit for you! We love working with everyone on what best fits your needs! Give us a shot. Email TheBellMansion@gmail.com or text 260 417 1794 with any questions or concerns! Thank you :)
Book a private investigation in this 14,000 sq. ft. building for up to 10 people ($50 per person over 10)
We are extremely flexible. We understand and respect everyone's story is a little different. If you are interested in booking a private text 260 417 1794.
We will do our best to get you into this gorgeous active building!
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420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, United States
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