Then & Now: A Downtown South Bend Architectural Walking Tour


A fun and informative guided walking tour of South Bend's landmark buildings, exploring their history and present day use.

Architectural walking tours take place on First Fridays from May through October.

2021 tour dates included below.

May 7

June 4

July 2

August 6

September 3

 October 1

Masks will be required and attendance will be limited to 25 people. Guests are asked to maintain physical distance during the tour as well.

Occasionally we switch up our normal historic walking tour, which takes place during the summer First Fridays. For the July 2 and October 1 First Fridays in 2021, we will tour the beautiful West Washington Street area, a National Register District showcasing an exemplary and eclectic blend of architectural styles and structures. Once home to influential citizens, titans of industry, civic leaders, and other prominent families; West Washington Street is now replete with businesses and residents valuing and preserving the fine architectural legacy left in their care by those preceding them. 

Tours are given by the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County. Cost for these 90-minute tours are just $5/person (cash only.) Reservations can be made online below or by calling 574-282-1110.

Downtown tours (May, June, August and September First Fridays) meet at 6:00 at the American Trust Company clock, located at the corner of Washington St. and Michigan St., in front of Cafe Navarre. 


West Washington tours (July and October First Fridays) meet at 6:00 at the historic Ambassadors for Christ Church, 302 W. Washington St. (the southwest corner of Washington and Lafayette).

As a special treat, on the October tour we will be going inside one of the renovated units at the new South Bend Heritage Gemini Apartments and gaining some information on the rehabilitation process for that project.


Self-guided tour: Can’t make it to a scheduled tour? Click here to download and print the brochure, enjoying the tour at your own pace. Brochures can also be picked up at the DTSB offices Monday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. DTSB offices are located at 217 S. Michigan St.  Please note: the phone tour option mentioned in the brochure is no longer available.