A more than century-old building is getting restored and will serve as the new home of Indiana Landmarks’ northern regional office. The Kizer House, which was built in 1888, will also have room for other purposes once the restoration is complete.
Indiana Landmarks says the work is part of a series of restorations that have been performed over the past 30 years, in which the restored buildings would house the regional office. The organization expects to create offices for other nonprofits and businesses since the Kizer House has more space than what is needed for Indiana Landmarks.
The Kizer House was built by real estate and insurance investor William Kizer. It is located in the West Washington National Register District in South Bend, near The History Museum and the Studebaker National Museum.
The Remedy Building in South Bend has housed Indiana Landmarks’ northern regional office since 2002. The organization is selling that building to help fund the first phase of restoration on the Kizer House.
The organization says work has already begun on the exterior of the Romanesque-style home, including repointing to restore the original deep mortar color and decorative tooling. Work will also be done to restore the original windows, install a new roof and repair the copper trim and gutters. Green space will also be added to the site.
The investment for the first phase is estimated at $350,000, with addition costs yet to be determined.
Indiana Landmarks says it will move its office into the carriage house on the property while the main house renovation is being performed. The organization will look for partners or tenants during that time.