The Bad: we have sold our home, The Kizer Mansion at 803 W. Washington. There were several issues (contractual and title) that could not be resolved. Indiana Landmarks has repurchased the home. We are sad, disappointed, angry and eight thousand other emotions…depending on the day. However, we are resolved to move on and look forward to the future.

The Good: we sold the mansion for what we had into it plus our time. We met hundreds of new, wonderful people and made a handful of dear friends along the way. We are choosing to see this as good and take the next step.

The Ugly: we are in the final settlement stages of another old (actually older than Kizer) home. She is ugly right now, but she won’t be for much longer.

So, in a couple of short weeks we will dive into a new project. We will continue documentation here (along with Facebook and Instagram). We would love to have you follow along, but if it goes back to just my mother and best friend reading, that will be okay too!

 

47 Comments

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Mary

    I’m sorry to hear you had to sell the Kizer mansion, but I’ll follow along on your next project. I loved seeing everything you did to bring the mansion back.

    • January 16, 2016 Reply

      Randy Schweisberger

      Onward and upward new project looking forward to it, hope they still do something with Kizer mansion

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Dee M.

    I would love to join your mother and best friend on your journey!

    • January 21, 2016 Reply

      Linda myers

      Me too.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Karrie

    So sad to see you go but I am looking forward to following your new projects. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Diane Erdman

    I enjoyed reading your journey. I would like to continue. We rehabbed a 100 year old historic landmark in south bend 2 years ago. Ours is mostly finished. Diane

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Linda

    Glad to hear you are starting something new.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Debbie Smith

    I would love to follow you on your journey and see the progress of your new venture

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Mary pauwels

    Very interesting look forward to your new adventure

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Jes Eastman-Gerber

    Mom, Dad and I still read your posts Leah! Sending love from back home.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Marty Bonewits

    Best wishes on making the new “old” home your own!
    What is meant to be will be!
    I’ll be following!
    Marty B

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Donna Laureys

    So sorry things did not work out with the Kizer mansion. Prayers with God’s blessing & favor on your next project. I will be following along. Your friend Donna

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Jeff Oursler

    Sad to hear. Know that you had a lot of hope that it was going to be a dream home. Good luck with next project!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Faye Davenport

    I’ll be reading along with Mom. I have so enjoyed this whole post. Good luck on your future project. I know you will make it shine.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Sandi

    I would like to take the virtual journey with you. Is this in the South Bend area?

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Judy Hawkins

    I’m in! As a loyal fan I’m ready to celebrate your new beginnings!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Jean

    Looking forward to your new project. I can only imagine the feelings you have about the Kizer Mansion. Best of luck to you both For the project at hand.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Carole

    I’m sorry you didn’t get your castleπŸ˜’. I hope this next home turns out to be even better!!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Esther Matteson`

    I’m comin’ along!! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Dee

    Can’t wait. BTW…I love love love all the sunrises and sunsets you pot at your home on the lake!!!!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Dee

    POST not POT!!!!!!!!πŸ˜―πŸ˜¦πŸ˜§πŸ˜΅πŸ˜΅πŸ˜΅πŸ˜΅πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ˜­πŸ˜­

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Dee

    I love love love the sunsets and sunrises you post at the house you live in on the lake!!!🌝🌝🌝

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Doreen

    Sorry you had to sell the mansion. Glad you didn’t lose any money. Looking forward to your new endeavor! How will we find you?

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Toni Schmidt Lawrence

    I am sorry you weren’t able to stay with the project and live in the house. It is amazing – even in the terrible condition it is now. Thank you for the photos along the way. Every one brought back good memories of growing up there.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Sandy

    You have many faithful followers can’t wait for your upcoming posts. Sorry the Kizer mansion did not work out. Is your new mansion local as well.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Susan Bowen

    I’m looking forward to your new adventure. There’s a reason for everything and I hope this will be it. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Maryjean Thomas

    Why does seem typical of South Bend? While I no longer live in Michiana, I still have family there. I have looked at this old mansion from afar for 18 – years (this last time), and always hoped it would land in the hands of caring family who could bring it back to its glory dasys.

    I’m sorry for the losses you’ve endured, but at the same time, I’m glad you found another home that needs some TLC. There is a piece of advice I will pass on to you,. On one of Nicole Curtis’s shows – REHAB ADDICT – (a Detroiter) she mentioned if you ever think of selling your home put it in the deed/title/contract it is not to be torn down for the sake of commercial/retail business. Not in those exact words, but it was on one of her episodes

    Best wishes in your new venture

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Robyn

    I can’t wait to follow you on your adventure!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Peggy Basker

    I too am sorry to hear this news but it sounds as if you are being positive about a future rehab. Will definately be following you on your journey!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Jackie

    Very sorry and sadden to read about the mansion. I understand this is very disappointing for you. I hope Indiana Landmarks does whatever it takes to protect this beautiful home from falling in to ruin. Looking forward to watching and reading about your next project. Best wishes to you.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Carla

    Well – come tell me about the new project! I haven’t seen your shining smile for a long time. Excited for your new adventure but a little sad about the castle.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Mary Wilson

    So sorry to hear this. Maybe now you will be able to do the things you wanted to do without all the rules and make the next one your own. Good luck.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Amy

    Can’t wait to keep reading! Good luck!!!

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Diane

    I along with many others are sorry things did not work out for you. I hope your new old house is still in South Bend. I have enjoyed following your posts.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Judy

    So sorry things did not work out as they should have but I will interested in following the next project the two of you tackle, love the post and I’am sure the ugly will be beautiful. The house looked better on the outside with the tender loving care you gave it.

  • January 16, 2016 Reply

    Gina

    Count me in!! I loved following you along and will anxiously await seeing your posts on your newest project. Good luck!

  • January 17, 2016 Reply

    Kathy

    So sorry you lost the mansion but I am excited you bought another house to rehab and I am excited to follow! Kathy

  • January 17, 2016 Reply

    Sue

    Sorry you lost the mansion but very glad you got your money, but I am sure there is still a little hole in your heart. hope you keep posting loved seeing what you were doing and will continue to watch for your posts.

  • January 17, 2016 Reply

    Jonathan Anderstrom

    I followed this case closely and was able to review much of the public records surrounding what happened with Indiana Landmarks. It is disturbing to say the least, and is another indictment of a twisted legal system that refuses to hold organizations accountable.
    All that said, I am amazed at both of your spirits and how you have chosen DAILY to take the high road despite this injustice. Looking forward to your next home renovation!

  • January 18, 2016 Reply

    Ann Lesar

    It was the thread woven into your tapestry of life called “The Kizer Mansion”. Looking forward to watching you weave another full of color, texture and sparkle!

  • January 18, 2016 Reply

    Gerry Ann DeCraene

    Just the other day I was wondering where you were and then today I see this. Sorry that one journey had to stop but so glad that another has already started. It’s just like God to have us keep traveling and when following him the journey is always going in the right direction. So I am hopping aboard this next trip of yours and look forward to the pictures and decisions that will have to be made while on board this journey.

  • January 18, 2016 Reply

    Curt Sochocki

    Good luck . . . will follow with much interest! You did wonderful work on the Kizer.

  • January 18, 2016 Reply

    Karen haun

    too bad for the kizer house, I hope issues are resolved & it gets another chance. You will move on & it will turn out well & I hope the new project is in south bend .

  • January 18, 2016 Reply

    Cole Hay

    Hope you will be restoring another home in South Bend. We have many that need super TLC. One was recently demolished at 1025 West Washington, next to the “Osborn.” Best wishes!

  • January 20, 2016 Reply

    Sue

    I’m glad that you will be delving into a new project and look forward to seeing the updates. Things happen for a reason and sometimes we don’t know why until something new comes along. Best of luck!

  • January 22, 2016 Reply

    Jodi

    Sorry to hear the Kizer project has come to an end, but look forward to reading about your new “old home” soon.

  • March 18, 2016 Reply

    Sharon Baker

    Have been following you in your journey…always happy when old homes are restored and brought back to life. Best wishes with your new project..it is already looking great..removing that ugly garage ma keys a huge difference.

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