More than a year after plans to restore a historic building in South Bend were announced, Indiana Landmarks says it has moved its northern regional office onto the property. The organization says it will put the proceeds from the sale of its previous location toward masonry and roof repairs at the Kizer House.
The Kizer House was built in the 1880s by real estate and insurance investor William Kizer. Indiana Landmarks says its regional office is currently located in the carriage house on the property while interior restoration continues in the main house and on the site.
The office was previously housed in the Remedy Building, itself built in 1896 and located just a few blocks away from the Kizer House. Indiana Landmarks, which restored the building in 2000, sold it to Senior Helpers in South Bend for $350,000.
Work began last summer with masonry and roof repair work. Indiana Landmarks says crews are nearly complete with the restoration of damaged copper trim and the tower roofs. A time frame for the project’s full completion was not given.
As the restoration continues, Indiana Landmarks says it is looking to combine areas of the 10,000 square feet of space inside the Kizer House and carriage house for community engagement and office uses. The organization is working with ND Impact Partners on a study to determine the best use for the property.
Indiana Landmarks says the results of the study will guide the rehabilitation of the house’s interior.