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11/7/2017 4:22:00 PM
Downtown South Bend's Hibberd Building's bones bared for restoration
Work continues on the facade of the Hibberd Building, 320 S. Main Street in South Bend. The mixed-use building will include a rooftop terrace and is expected to be complete by September 2018. Staff photo by Michael Caterina
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Work continues on the facade of the Hibberd Building, 320 S. Main Street in South Bend. The mixed-use building will include a rooftop terrace and is expected to be complete by September 2018. Staff photo by Michael Caterina

Caleb Bauer, South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND or those who frequent the St. Joseph County Public Library, evidence of ongoing downtown redevelopment is visible just across the street.

The historic Hibberd building, at present, is only a skeletal structure.

But with bare bones exposed, the building displays one of the major reasons that four investors chose to remodel and revitalize the nearly 91-year-old structure.

The structure, originally built in 1926, was made to last.

“Because of the construction techniques from the 1920s,” said architect and co-investor Kyle Copelin, “even the shell would be amultimillion dollar building.”

Instead of leaving it just a shell, Copelin and co-investors Mark Neal, Deirdre Mylod and Paul Worland are in the process of revamping the building that was formerly home to the Hibberd Printing Company. Once complete, the building will hold office space for Copelin’s firm, Epoch Architecture + Planning, 14 apartments, a restaurant, and other commercial tenants.

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