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  • STAMPING PLANT DEMO TO BEGIN 2/24

    As most are aware, the old Studebaker buildings 79, 80, 82 and 83 are to be torn down as part of South Bend's Studebaker Corridor project. Richard Quinn has written a excellent history of these buildings in his popular Almanac column in the February Turning Wheels. Here is a copy of the invitation Mr. Quinn received from the South Bend Mayor's office. Mr. Quinn added the black border to register his feelings regarding the upcoming "celebration".



    BShaw
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    Sigh...
    Another piece of history being bulldozed. But seriously, that old building is in wretched condition now. Seemingly no market for it as it was, and maybe too costly or too fraught with environmental hazards to rehabilitate it.

    I'm glad I had the opportunity to take the "unauthorized" tour of the place during the last meet in South Bend.

    (cues up CD of Billie Holliday singing, "They Can't Take That Away From Me")[8D]

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by gordr

      Sigh...
      Another piece of history being bulldozed. But seriously, that old building is in wretched condition now. Seemingly no market for it as it was, and maybe too costly or too fraught with environmental hazards to rehabilitate it.

      I'm glad I had the opportunity to take the "unauthorized" tour of the place during the last meet in South Bend.

      (cues up CD of Billie Holliday singing, "They Can't Take That Away From Me")[8D]

      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands



      When you took your "unauthorized" tour, did you take some "unauthorized" photos that you could share with us?

      I understand that Transpo, (city bus line), bought that land and plans to build a maintenance facility. A facility to replace their current one--the old street car barns.

      Even though the buildings are derelect, it's still sad to see a historic part of my home town disappear.

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      • #4
        StudHawk60 said: "When you took your "unauthorized" tour, did you take some "unauthorized" photos that you could share with us?"

        Funny you should ask. I do have some. It was pretty gloomy in there, but a few turned out.

        One of them even features a fellow Forum member, not that I would name names.

        Pics are not digitized. Once I get home, I will scan a few, and see about finding a way to post them.

        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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        • #5
          OUR INVITATION TO THE STAMPING PLANT DEMOLITION CAME ALSO. SO MY WIFE, SON AND I ARE GOING TO DRIVE OVER TO SOUTH BEND FRIDAY. SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET SOME PICTURES AND A COMMEMORTIVE BRICK...I'M NOT SURE HOW TO POST THE PICTURES THOUGH.

          JIM
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          • #6

            Hope some of you who attend the final demise of the plant can get some pictures for those who can't be there. Reading some of the articles about the demolishing 2morrow, at least they'll be reusing approx 80 % of whats left of the material. Seeing pictures of whats left of it now, its hard to imagine what it was like during the years of production . It'll be just like here in Jersey. 20 yrs ago, they demolished the old Ford plant in Mahwah. Riding by it, you'd never know they made Tberd's & Fairmonts there unless you were around when the plant was up & running. Now its has a hotel & Sharp Electronics H.Q.

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            • #7
              sad the factory is going

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              • #8
                I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE DEMOLITION OF THE STAMPING PLANT, AND ARE PUTTING ON THE CEREMONY, THEY SAID ANY SDC MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO COME FRIDAY... BRING YOUR CAMERA... THERE WILL BE SOME TENTS SET UP WITH COFFEE AND PARKING. YOU SHOULD RSVP THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND AS PER THE INVITATION...

                JIM
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                • #9
                  Some good pics of the stamping plant are at:

                  http://www.opacity.us/site63_studeba...ping_plant.htm

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                  • #10
                    Tony,
                    Thank you for sharing those great photos with us. As far as I'm concerned, they're priceless relics.
                    Rog
                    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                    Smithtown,NY
                    Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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