Self-guided Tours

Local Historic Districts of South Bend

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A fun, guided two-hour bus tour through nine of South Bend’s most outstanding neighborhoods. Experience the authentic history and development of the Local Historic Districts; each have contributed to the development of South Bend in a different way and feature unique characteristics.  Meet your tour guide as the ‘clock’-corner of Michigan and Washington Streets in downtown South Bend. To arrange a private tour call (574)





Have you been to historic South Bend City Cemetery?

This Heritage Tour is a self-guided tour of South Bend’s oldest cemetery. You can either download the text version of the tour by clicking here or you can obtain an audio CD by calling the HPC at 574.235.9798.



Then and Now: Architectural Walking Tour

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Can’t make it to a scheduled tour? (Check Here)  Experience the real South Bend. Learn about the city’s origin as a trading post along the St. Joseph river: the outside influences that shaped the city; and the architecture that reflects its success as a center for governmental, commercial, industrial and higher learning. Click here to print the brochure and enjoy the tour at your own pace.

Offered by Downtown South Bend and Historic Preservation Commission. To arrange a private tour call (574)




A walk along West Washington

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Welcome to beautiful West Washington Street, a National Register District showcasing an exemplary and eclectic blend of architectural styles and structures. Once home to influential citizens, titans of industry, civic leaders, and other prominent families; West Washington Street is now replete with businesses and residents that value and preserve the fine architectural legacy left in their care by those that preceded them. Offered by Historic Preservation Commission and Indiana Landmarks. To arrange a private tour call (574)




The Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail

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The Studebaker-Bendix Heritage Trail takes you on a path highlighting some of South Bend’s influential titans of industry. Their successful endeavors employed thousands of people and impacted the community from the factories and homes they built to the churches they funded. You can also learn more about the Heritage Trail by visiting: http://studebakerbendixtrail.commap-iconcalendar-icon To arrange a private tour call (574) 235-9798.





African American Landmark Tour

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