Fort Wayne couple share favorite features of historic West Central home

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After more than two decades of living in West Central, Jake Patten and Becky Johnson are known to often open their doors to visitors. This includes the presentation of their historic house during the 40th edition Mid-West Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour.

Both have been rooted in the Fort Wayne area most of their lives, and they said they now know nearly everyone in the West Central neighborhood, with several friends and family members living nearby.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Patten said. “If I wasn’t in this neighborhood, I probably wouldn’t even be living in the state of Indiana. That’s how much I love it here.

Art and history go hand in hand, and there’s plenty to enjoy inside the house, especially since Patten and Johnson are artists themselves.

They both agree that one of their favorite features is the kitchen. It has been recently remodeled to create more space and showcase the intricate details of the home.

Patten said the renovations were already planned before they decided to be on the tour, so the timing was a happy coincidence.

Visitors can experience the rest of the ground floor during this weekend’s visit.

There is a room open to visitors on the second floor. To say this is the master bathroom would be an understatement.

“I know it sounds funny, but when you see the bathroom, you’ll understand why we’re showing it,” Johnson said.

Here’s a taste:

And then there’s the garden, another favorite homeowner feature to share with friends and family.

“It’s the perfect place to cook,” Johnson said. “We really like it in the summer, we have so much fun because everyone can just sit down, we’re cooking, our grandson is running around.”

“It’s always a party here,” Patten added.

The company also includes two dogs and the new cat – who Patten says was adopted theirand not the other way around, the weekend of July 4th.

You may not see the owners during the visit. Instead, volunteers take over guiding incoming visitors to each historic house.

It’s a well-deserved break for Patten and Johnson after the time they spent renovating and deep cleaning ahead of this weekend.

Within walking distance of the house is Patten’s art studio on Berry Street, another historic stop on the tour.

For about three years, Patten said he rented the space which functions as a workshop and a gallery, showcasing his own work and sharing space with other artists.

It is open on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

To see more details about these historic buildings as well as many more, check out the 40th edition Mid-West Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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