Historic house in downtown South Bend is moving

Historic house in downtown

Historic house in downtown South Bend is moving to a new location  The historic May House will be moved two-tenths of a mile from 130 Park Lane to its new home at 919 Riverside Drive beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The 2,400-square-foot home was built in 1929 by local attorney Arthur May in what is now a corner of a parking lot at the north end of the Memorial Hospital’s downtown campus. Memorial donated the house to Indiana Landmarks so that it would have space for possible future development.

The hospital also contributed to the cost of the move. Which Indiana Landmarks will place with other homes in the Chapin Park Historic Neighborhood. The May House is the last one standing in what was once a residential area.

 Wolfe House and Building Movers from North Manchester is in charge of moving the stately Georgian Colonial house to its new location. Historic house in downtown South Bend moving

Movers on the way:

It’s going to take a half-mile trip to save one of South Bend’s historic homes

“This move has been a long time coming,” Todd Zeiger, director of Indiana Landmarks’ northern regional office, said in a release. “Between finding an appropriate site, securing a mover and lining up the necessary permits. This one has been a challenge, but we’re happy to see it happening.”

After some stabilization work, Indiana Landmarks will offer the four-bedroom, 2½-bath home for sale. It served primarily as a residence until around 1969, at which time it was use as a physician’s office.

Following Memorial’s acquisition of the property in 1994. The Junior League of South Bend was permitte free use of the home for its offices until the organization relocated in 2019. According to a report from the Historic Preservation Program at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. That’s Historic house in downtown.