The LaSalleHistory

The LaSalle Apartments are located in the historically rich area of downtown South Bend, Indiana along the beautiful St. Joseph River. Originally constructed in 1921 as a luxury hotel, the LaSalle building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because this site was an instrumental part of the settlement of South Bend. It was here that the first and most influential trading post was established and where the first ferry crossing on the St. Joseph River took place.

The construction of The LaSalle played a major role in the modern development of the central business district. It was one of three major hotels built downtown to serve South Shore station located across the street.

With extravagance in mind, the LaSalle was designed with Georgian Revival architecture by Willard M. Ellwood. The building was constructed at nine stories high, containing 233 rooms with private baths which were very innovative for the time. It was decorated in the latest styles and equipped with several dining rooms. In addition to the hotel rooms, the building contained stores, parking garages, offices, and large recreation areas.

The LaSalle remained a tourist destination in its prime but closed its doors in 1973. Many efforts to redevelop the property were initiated over several decades but for financial or logistical reasons they all fell short of completion.

In 2014, the Redevelopment Commission approved RealAmerica to redevelop the property and restore it to its luxurious state. The LaSalle Apartments opened its doors as of December 2016 to new residents. It contains 67 upscale apartments and 8,400 square feet of commercial space on the main floor.

For more information on RealAmerica’s efforts to restore this building please click on the following link that will take you to the Indiana Landmarks website.


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The LaSalle Apartments are located in the heart of downtown South Bend, within walking distance of the area’s entertainment, culture, and dining district and just a few miles from the Notre Dame Campus. Enjoy shopping at the numerous boutique stores at Eddy Street Commons or have a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes in the area like Café Navarre, Fiddler’s Hearth, or Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar. Within a short walk for tenants seeking entertainment opportunities, you will find the Jon Hunt Memorial Plaza & Park on the St. Joseph River, South Bend Museum of Art, Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend Civic Theater and State Theater South Bend.

Local Attractions

  • Notre Dame University Campus
  • Morris Theater
  • John Hunt Plaza
  • East Race Waterway
  • South Bend Chocolate Cafe
  • Howard Park
  • Studebaker Museum
  • Drop Comedy Club
  • Potawatomi Zoo


  • Purple Porch Co-op
  • Save-A-Lot
  • Bamber Superette Inc
  • Martin’s Super Market
  • Kohl’s
  • Meijer
  • Walmart
  • Eddy Street Commons
  • University Park Mall


  • Lake City Bank
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Chase Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank


  • Fiddler’s Hearth
    Irish Pub
  • Cafe Navarre
    Global Fare Restaurant
  • LaSalle Grill
    Upscale French Bistro
  • Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar
    Japanese/Asian & Sushi
  • Cambodian Thai Restaurant
    Thai Food
  • Morris Bistro
  • Cinco 5 International
    Mexican Restaurant

Hospitals & Pharmacies

  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Memorial Family Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid

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