Public Buildings

JMS BuildingJMS Building

The John Mohler Studebaker Building (J.M.S) is one of downtown South Bend’s finest early twentieth century structures.  The J.M.S. Building was designed in 1910 in the Classical Revival style influenced by the World's Columbian Exposition (otherwise known as the "World's Fair") in Chicago.  The architect, Solon S. Beman, also designed Pullman, Illinois. The design is notable for its three-part division into base or first floor, shaft or second through sixth floors, and capital or top floor, much like a column of a Greek temple.  

YMCA BuildingYMCA Building

In 1902 the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company also contributed $250,000 to the construction of South Bend's Young Men's Christian Association. The South Bend YMCA was organized on March 10, 1882, and Clement Studebaker served as the first president of the association until 1884. During his time as president he realized that their initial building would soon be outgrown and saw that the organization had the space they needed. 


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