Northside Hall

South Bend-Mishawaka Center dedication pamphlet, 1961
A pamphlet from the dedication ceremony for the South Bend-Mishawaka Center in 1961. This building is now known as Northside Hall.

By 1960, the extension program outgrew its space, and courses were restricted to the evenings when the high school was not otherwise used. A solution was needed to allow for a more collegiate environment.

Science class in Northside Hall
An undated photo of a science class inside the South Bend-Mishawaka Center.

The South Bend-Mishawaka Center was built on land along the St. Joseph River between the two cities. The first building, now known as Northside Hall, had 22 classrooms, laboratories and art studios, and a fully equipped auditorium. At the dedication ceremony in 1961, the entire IU Opera Orchestra traveled from Bloomington and performed works by Verdi and Mozart.

Group inside the auditorium of the South Bend-Mishawaka Center / Northside Hall
A group inside the auditorium of the newly-built South Bend-Mishawaka Center in the early 1960s. The new building boasted expanded space for advanced science and theatre classes.