Historic Poledor House in South Bend to be relocated Wednesday

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Indiana Landmarks announced on Wednesday, June 19, crews will relocate South Bend’s historic Poledor House from its location at 211 Marion St. to a new site at 402 W. Navarre St.

Officials say the move will start at 8 a.m. and is expected to take about four hours.

Wolfe House and Building Movers from North Manchester will move the brick two-story house about two blocks to its new location in the Chapin Park Historic District.

Crews will head west from W. Marion Street to Portage/William Street, then north on William Street to 402 W. Navarre Street.

The house was built in 1915 and is considered one of the city’s best examples of Craftsman-style architecture.

Its name comes from the Poledor family, who ran the Philadelphia confectioner’s shop and restaurant in downtown South Bend for over 70 years.

Members of the family lived in the house for more than 100 years until Ted Poledor passed away in 2022 at the age of 90.

Officials say the nearby development left the historic landmark as an outlier in what had previously been a residential neighborhood.

The new parking garage next door and other planned developments are said to make the Poledor lot valuable for future commercial use.

The historic house was donated by St. Clair Development to Indiana Landmarks to save it.

Plans began to be made in late 2022 to relocate the house to a new site currently used as a parking lot.

Indiana Landmarks plans to sell the home with covenants to protect its architectural character after stabilization and rehabilitation.


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