Located in the historic Chapin Park neighborhood of South Bend, the Queen Anne-style Rodes House has changed little since it was first constructed in 1907. Indiana Landmarks purchased the property earlier this year as we prepare to move another house to an adjacent lot north of the Rodes House.
On of South Bend’s premier historic neighborhoods, Chapin Park is listed in the National Register and a locally designated historic district, qualifying the house for the Indiana Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit for the necessary renovation work. The neighborhood features brick streets and diverse historic architecture and is located adjacent to the National Register-listed George Kessler-designed Leeper Park and the St. Joseph River, and near walking and biking trails and downtown.
The home’s highlights include an inviting wide front porch, open stair off the front entry, wide pocket doors, original hardware, oak, poplar, and heart-pine floors, original kitchen cabinets, oak woodwork (painted), and 4 bedrooms with closets. The walk-up attic offers additional living space. There is presently one full bathroom on the second floor and a half-bath in the full basement. See floor plans for the first floor, second floor and attic (measurements are approximate), additional photos, and take a 3-D Tour.
The house will require complete interior renovation including electric, plumbing, HVAC, bathrooms, and kitchen renovations.
The Rodes House will be sold subject to preservation covenants held by Indiana Landmarks governing exterior improvements. A $3,500 broker’s fee will be paid upon sale. Potential buyers will need to demonstrate proof of financial capacity to undertake the needed rehabilitations, along with an approved plan and timeline. Buyers will have access to measured drawings and complete histories being drafted by students with the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Preservation Concentration.