Our feature this week, the 4th in the series, is the Z Crepeau building. Built in 1892 on Hill Street, it sits just north of St. Joseph Catholic Church. While the building might appear simple at first glance, it contains some of the classic elements of the Italianate style. Italianate commercial buildings are known as
We are lucky to live in the East Bank Village and are surrounded by reminders of its history…a history that helped form South Bend. Back in the day, water power was king and our proximity to the St. Joseph River put us in the heart of the industrial growth of the area. Platted in 1837
Our third feature is Olivet AME Church, located on Notre Dame Avenue. Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in March 1870 and is the oldest African American Church in South Bend. Their website provides a deeper look into their history: “Olivet was formally organized by the Rev. J. Bundy, the first pastor, and nine
The railroad came to South Bend in 1851, with the first through train in October of that year. The line, after consolidation, was known as the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, but it didn’t traverse the East Bank area. Later, in 1870, the Michigan Central line came down with a branch line which terminated at
In this second installment of East Bank Architecture, the spotlight is on the LaSalle State Bank Building, current home of architecture firm Buccellato Design. This neoclassical building was designed by H. G. Christman and completed in 1921. Records indicate the LaSalle State Bank may have become insolvent during the Great Depression, closing in the 1930s.
Greetings everyone! I’m Eddie Jurkovic, East Bank resident and curator of South Bend Architecture, a social media project dedicated to appreciating the amazing architectural legacy of South Bend. The East Bank is blessed with a rich and diverse assortment of beautiful and architecturally significant buildings. Within its limits you can find amazing structures of various