Historic Photos

South Bend has a rich and varied architectural history.
The earliest buildings, in what was to become South Bend, were the log trading posts and cabins of the fur traders Pierre Navarre and Alexis Coquillard along the St. Joseph River. As their small trading village prospered, vernacular wood frame structures were built to accommodate homes, schools, and stores. Many of our key buildings in South Bend have had multiple updates and modifications throughout their history. Follow the links to the left to explore a few of those buildings and locations. 

Studebaker National Museum Collection
Explore a collection of snapshots from the Studebaker National Museum, showing South Bend's legacy of commerce, community and outstanding architecture.


Lou Sabo Collection - Michiana Memory Digital Collection, St. Joseph County Public Library