Exploring South Bend, Indiana’s Studebaker Museum and the opulent Oliver mansion.
The Studebaker family started their trajectory as a seminal icon of American automobile manufacturers back in 1852 when the Studebaker brothers started a South Bend, Indiana blacksmith shop.
In 1902 they introduced a line of electric vehicles. Studebaker remained as an iconic and sometimes trendsetting manufacturer until the mid 1960 when their last car rolled off the Ontario, Canada production line.
Studebaker’s last hurrah was the classic Avanti, crafted by legendary industrial designer Raymond Loewy. The Avanti, unveiled in 1962, remains as a timeless, treasured Mid-Century Modern work of manufacturing art.
Come along and join Maria Drevet, Program Manager at the South Bend, Indiana Studebaker National Museum.
Next door to the Museum is the 38-room Oliver Mansion built by J.D. Oliver owner of the South Bend, Indiana based Oliver Chilled Plow Company.
The mansion is striking due to its opulence with 14 fireplaces, hand-hewn stone exterior and leaded glass windows. It remains a timeless classic--One hundred and twenty six years later one has the sense that the family just stepped out for a stroll.
Join Marilyn Thompson, Director of Marketing with the History Museum of South Bend, Indiana at the Oliver mansion.
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