About South BEnd
Preserving Historic Places changes locations every year in order to showcase Indiana’s historic communities. Our next in-person conference, planned for fall of 2022, celebrates South Bend’s industrial and manufacturing heritage. Though much of the early industry is gone, new enterprises occupy the historic factories, showrooms, and office buildings contributing to a revitalized and vibrant city.
During tours, workshops, and educational and field sessions, explore twenty-first century solutions for historic building materials, get tips on building research, bone up on new archaeological methodologies, and delve into our love/hate relationship with the bulldozer.
Conference Location & Parking
The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 427 North Main Street, serves as our conference headquarters for registration and the site of our educational and plenary sessions. Grand Rapids, Michigan architects Osgood & Osgood designed the magnificent Neoclassical building completed in 1925 by South Bend contractor H. G. Christman. The Osgood’s made a name for themselves constructing Masonic buildings and served as the consulting engineer on the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
With a price tag of nearly $1,000,000, you won’t be disappointed by the beautiful interiors of the parlors, lodge rooms, theaters, ballroom, and banquet hall. In addition to housing Masonic organizations and programs, the building hosts weddings, meetings, and special events in its spacious facility.
Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Scottish Rite. The building is approximately three and one-half blocks north of the Aloft Hotel.
THINGS TO DO
The conference schedule does not allow us to visit all the amazing museums and historic places South Bend offers. For a full listing of things to do in the area, check out the Visit South Bend Mishawaka website. To explore South Bend’s historic architecture and neighborhoods, visit Building South Bend, an interactive tool combining maps, photographs, blueprints, and 3-D models.
Not ready to call it a day after dinner? Check out one of the many South Bend bars in historic buildings.
Hideaway at The LaSalle The perfect spot after Wednesday’s dinner. Enjoy the Hideway’s speakeasy feel, located on the first floor of The LaSalle Apartments, next to the Morris Performing Arts Center.
The Exchange Whiskey Bar A craft cocktail and whiskey bar that harkens back to the building’s history as a bank robbed by John Dillinger.
Hammer and Quill Visit this bar located in a former hardware store. Check out their beer list where craft brews share the menu with Hamms and PBR.
The Lauber If you missed the opening reception, or you could use a late night snack, consider The Lauber where pizza is now pounded in place of sheet metal.
Lasalle Kitchen and Tavern Housed in an 1868 hotel building, the LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern bills itself as “a comfortable mix of rich history and modern day.” Peruse their drink menu that lists over 120 whiskeys and scotches alongside wine, craft brews, and cocktails.
Studebaker Brewing You’ll find “Hops and History” at Studebaker Brewing located on the third floor of Tippecanoe Place—the original home of Clem Studebaker. 620 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
Three primary partners—Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Landmarks, and Indiana University—stage the annual Preserving Historic Places conference. Special thanks to Saint Joseph County for their financial assistance. We’re grateful for the essential support the conference receives from generous sponsors.
Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.
H.G. Christman Construction
Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting, LLC
Indiana Archaeology Council
Old National Bank
R.E. Dimond and Associates, Inc.
St. Joseph County Council
The Lauber Kitchen & Bar
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Downtown South Bend
The History Museum
Scholarships Provided By
Ball State University Historic Preservation Program
H.G. Christman Construction
If you have questions about registration, contact the conference registrar, Jessica Kramer, at 800-450-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about sessions or tracks or conference events, contact Suzanne Stanis at Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534, email@example.com.