the 1870's, the Studebaker brothers were quite rich and enjoyed living well.
Clement Studebaker, then president of the company, had many friends who had
also struck it rich in the early days of America - Andrew Carnegie, Cyrus McCormick,
John Wannamaker, and J.P. Morgan, to name a few. In 1886, Clem decided to build
a home suitable to his position in life.
"By the 1870's, the Studebaker brothers were quite rich and enjoyed living well. Clement Studebaker, then president of the company, had many friends who had also struck it rich in the early days of America - Andrew Carnegie, Cyrus McCormick, John Wannamaker, and J.P. Morgan, to name a few. In 1886, Clem decided to build a home suitable to his position in life.
Tippecanoe Place , with four main levels totaling 40 rooms and 20 fireplaces, is the embodiment of everything great wealth in the late 1800's could suggest. The 26,000 square-foot mansion was designed by Henry Cobb and built by local craftsmen. Work on Tippecanoe Place was completed in 1889 at a total cost of $250,000.
The massive walls are made of local granite fieldstone, and the many broad porches are paved with tile and supported by stone pillars. A flight of stone steps at the main entrance leads into the mahogany paneled vestibule. The decorative carvings on the oval doorknobs exemplify the great attention to detail throughout the entire house." -Courtsey Tippecanoe Place-
West side view of the residence. The arches and stonework are just magnificent. How I long to have been able to see this house back in the early 1900's.
View of the east side of the residence. Picture taken just inside the grounds looking southwest.
View of the northeast corner of the mansion. Personally I love the turrent.
Close up view of the same corner. The detail work is just amazing. True craftsmen doing extremely delicate work. It is just breathtaking.
A look inside Tippecanoe Place.
Left: The impeccably appointed foyer at Tippecanoe Place. Right: There are fireplaces in almost every room at Tippecanoe Place, each with its own individual personality. This beauty greets you with its warmth, in the Grand Hall. -Photos courtesy of Tippecanoe Place-
For lavish parties, weddings and receptions, guests to Tippecanoe Place would arrive by carriage and enter through the west doors. They would board the elevator - one of the first in the country - and be whisked upstairs to freshen up. The formally clad ladies and gentlemen would then descend the Grand Staircase into the Reception Area.
There will be some people who may consider images of the Studebaker Family's gravesites morbid. However, they remain an important, and much sought after, piece of Studebaker history and legend, by tourists and historians. Remember, this family had a huge impact on the City of South Bend, as well as the State of Indiana and the United States. Pictured is the Studebaker mausoleum that one stood in the City Cemetary, off of Colfax Avenue, several blocks west of Tippecanoe Place. The mausoleum was torn down when the Studebaker remains were moved to Riverview Cemetary. Photo Courtsey Studebaker National Museum.
Sometime during the last half century, or so, the Studebaker Family graves were moved from City Cemetary to Riverview Cemetary on Portage Avenue. The burrial plots are in a circle with Clement and Anna Studebaker in the center. The circle is considered an old world tradition and later family members sought to honor those preceeding them in such a manner. The stone, bearing the name Studebaker, came from the mausoleum at City Cemetary.