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Overview of the Near West Side Historic Neighborhood
|The Near West Side Historic Neighborhood, also known as
the West Washington National Historic District, is located just west of downtown South Bend.
It is roughly bounded by Main St., Western Ave., West LaSalle Ave.,
and McPherson St. Included in the
National Register of Historic Places since 1975, it
is one of the city’s oldest and best preserved historic districts,
and home to a vibrant and diverse community. There are artists,
architects, and writers; carpenters and electricians, contractors
and tool and dye makers; school teachers and social workers;
innkeepers; hospital and university administrators; physicians, professors and
lawyers; clerical workers and city personnel.
|The rich architectural heritage of the neighborhood includes examples
of all the major styles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth
Frank Lloyd Wright),
— and the housing stock ranges from historic mansions to
workers’ cottages. These well-spaced houses are set in a green
landscape of avenues with mature trees and narrower quiet
side-streets. The Gardens of Copshaholm are a wonderful urban park.
|The Near West Side is one of South Bend’s most walkable neighborhoods,
within an easy stroll of Downtown galleries, public library,
theaters, symphony, as well as restaurants and the scenic river
boardwalk. The neighborhood itself is home to the Museum Campus
(Northern Indiana Historical Museum, the Studebaker Museum), the
Civil Rights Heritage Center, and is close to the Coveleski Baseball
Stadium. Because of its walkability, children can gain a sense of
independence in safety.
|Residents of the Near West Side choose to live here for many reasons
— its sense of history, its diversity and tolerance; its outstanding
visual interest, the quality of its houses and public buildings, its
lawns and gardens. In addition to its walkability, public
transportation is readily available.