That’s right…the Kizer Mansion has lots (and I mean lots) of fireplaces.   To be technical, we know of 10 fireplaces, but 1 of those has been covered up.  We are about 99% certain of another 2-3 fireplaces (also covered up) and their location.  Obviously, we will know with certainty in a few months as we begin to dig in to things.

We do plan to rehab and keep all the current fireplaces as well as any additional ones we may find.  I believe that I’ll be adding a chimney sweep to my “favorite contacts” on my phone.

Below are fireplaces 1-9.  I may have to physically number each one to keep them organized in my mind.

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  • March 16, 2015 Reply

    Diane Grounds

    I love following your work on the beautiful home.

  • March 16, 2015 Reply


    Amazing! Such a beautiful home….glad that the two of you got it so you can put the love into it that it needs and deserves!

  • March 16, 2015 Reply

    April Stallings

    Is that all original work on them? I love old homes. So much character. Just gorgeous.

    • March 16, 2015 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      We are not 100% just how much of the fireplaces are original…but we will find out as soon as we get them disassembled.

  • March 16, 2015 Reply


    Would you be willing to have a public open house when you’re done? I would love to see the finished product! If not, at least plenty of pics?

    • March 16, 2015 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      Yes, we have discussed having a public open house when the entire project is completed. While it might be difficult to handle the large number of people, we would both love to find a way to share it with everyone who is following along!

  • March 16, 2015 Reply

    Kim Orosz

    Thank you for taking on this house and making it a home again.

  • March 16, 2015 Reply

    Mike Harrell

    Love that house when I lived in SB. I’ll be watching and reading this till your done. Great pictures.

  • March 16, 2015 Reply

    Pamela Orzech

    Love seeing these pictures. Beautiful fireplaces! I hope you have an open house. Thank You for sharing.

  • March 17, 2015 Reply


    Thanks for the pics, updates, and taking the time to share. Beautiful!!!!

  • March 23, 2015 Reply


    I’ve only lived in South Bend for 8 years and have always older homes. Kudos to you for taking on this project! Will you be looking for volunteers to help with any part of the renovation? Make sure you take lots of before and after pics-very important! Thanks for sharing your progress and the pictures. My sister just sent me this link so I’ll be catching up on everything!

  • March 23, 2015 Reply


    I was looking at the one fireplace and it looks like those are the old beautiful glass bricks around it .. Is it??
    In the house I was raised in ( 725 W LaSalle) now gone for the street running through there…we had a fireplace in the one room that had green glass bricks all around it ….as I kid…I didn’t appreciate the charm…but now….oh WOW….We are at the Bendix Woods Maple Sugar Camp this weekend and I almost took a detour to go into town and see your place but…had a car full of quilters and had to get back to LaPorte. Keep the pix coming…they are terrific!!!

  • March 28, 2015 Reply

    Reva Moody

    Love old houses. Will be following this one. Hope to see the finnish.

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