Situated on a high bank of the St. Joseph River just northwest of downtown South Bend, the Chapin Park Neighborhood is one of the city's oldest and most beautiful historic districts. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and achieved Local Historic District status in 2005. Chapin Park enjoys a lively preservationist spirit and a wide range of architectural styles prevalent from the 1870's through 1920.
Among its treasures, and the source of its name, is the Gothic Revival mansion of Horatio Chapin at 407 Navarre Street, which was built in 1857. Two other impressive properties are the towered Anderson House built in 1875 and Hodson's Castle, both on Park Avenue.
One of the most charming features of the neighborhood is the brick paved streets that the neighborhood fought to preserve. Unique Victorian homes encompass many of the most famous styles of the era: Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival, Prairie, and even a few early 20th century Sears catalogue houses.
Home to a diverse population, Chapin Park has historically attracted residents who enjoy affordable city living, savor the quality of workmanship and materials in older homes, prefer a neighborly community and appreciate our convenient location. Young families, singles and seniors, folks from a diverse economic, ethnic and cultural background all choose to live here. Artists, authors, bankers, factory workers, professors, students, musicians, doctors, teachers, carpenters, and computer programmers all call Chapin Park home.
Leeper Park, a local historic landmark, is a treasured asset to the neighborhood. Designed in the landscape style popularized in the 19th century, it has some of the oldest trees in South Bend and the best river views. Among its amenities are the playground, the duck pond, the rose garden, a softball diamond, green space and the best tennis courts in the city, offering affordable recreation opportunities to residents. The historic Navarre Cabin is situated in the east side of the park and stands as a tribute to Pierre Navarre, the first European settler in this area.