Indiana Historic Home Gets Own Website

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The 1929 Eberhart Mansion in Mishawaka is now one of the few private residences to boast its own website. The new site includes articles about the history of the home, historic photos, and more.

Front view of Eberhart Mansion

When I tried to research the history of the house online, I found very few resources available. Even information on prominent South Bend architects Austin & Shambleau, who designed not only the Eberhart house but many of the area's most elegant homes in the early 20th century, was hard to find.

Most houses don't have their own website, but one Indiana historic home now does. The Eberhart Mansion in Mishawaka has a new site designed to showcase the history of the house. Owner Roger Dooley notes, "When I tried to research the history of the house online, I found very few resources available. Even information on prominent South Bend architects Austin & Shambleau, who designed not only the Eberhart house but many of the area's most elegant homes in the early 20th century, was hard to find."

While the site documents the history of the house, including both historic and contemporary photos, it includes information about relevant Mishawaka historical topics, like the Mishawaka Rubber Company, better known by its trademark, "Ball Band." The text and images are taken from the archive of information compiled over two decades of researching the house and local history.

As a free resource to the owners of Michiana historic homes, the site also features pages dedicated to South Bend Historic Homes For Sale and Mishawaka Historic Homes For Sale. "While there are many sites that offer paid listing services, we thought we'd make this a free service to owners of historic homes in our immediate area," Dooley said. "Maintaining and restoring these gems is a labor of love, and this is one way to support those dedicated home owners who have taken on that historic preservation responsibility."

The Eberhart Mansion was commissioned by Mishawaka industrialist F. G. Eberhart in 1929, and incorporates the original clubhouse from the Miami Country Club. Eberhart bought the entire club property and donated most of the land to the City of Mishawaka to use as a municipal golf course. The course, later expanded, is now the Eberhart-Petro Golf Course.

The house is located on nearly an acre of land overlooking the golf course, and its rooms comprise nearly 7,000 square feet. It is designed in the Colonial Revival style, and includes six fireplaces. It has been used as a private residence for most of its history, although it served as the administration building for School City of Mishawaka for a period of years. The Eberhart Mansion was the South Bend Symphony Showhouse in 1985, displaying the design efforts of many local decorators. In the most recent survey by the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission, it received the highest rating, "Outstanding." After more than 20 years with its current owners, the house is now listed for sale.

"We plan to keep adding more historical resource information to the website," says Dooley. "Eventually, the new owners can start adding their own history to the long tradition of this home." The Eberhart Mansion web site can be seen at http://eberhartmansion.com/.

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