The majestic Tippecanoe Place Restaurant sits on a small bluff at the southwest corner of West Washington and South Taylor streets in South Bend, Indiana, but it was not always a destination for high class dining. Architect Henry Ives Cobb originally designed this Richardson Romanesque mansion for wagon manufacturer Clement Studebaker for use as a family home.
Cobb also designed the former Historical Society Building in Chicago, which later became the Excalibur Night Club (another famously haunted building).
Shortly after the mansion was completed in February 1889, a fire gutted the interior and it had to be rebuilt. The Studebaker family finally moved in nearly a year later. The 26,000 square-foot mansion had forty rooms and twenty fireplaces. It cost $450,000, including furnishings and the cost to rebuild after the fire. It had no rival in Indiana at the time.
Clement Studebaker named his new home in honor of William Henry Harrison, who won the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. William Henry was grandfather of President Benjamin Harrison, a close friend of Clem’s.
There are a lot of dimly lit bars filled with eclectic knickknacks across the country, but only one can claim to be the birthplace of a wildly popular finger food. The Anchor Bar, 1047 Main Street in Buffalo, New York, is where in 1964 Teressa Bellissimo unwittingly invented Buffalo chicken wings. She whipped them up as a quick snack for her son’s friends, and they caught on.
I’ve loved chicken wings for years, and always wanted to try where they first began. I finally got that opportunity in a recent trip to Buffalo. The wings were dry and well done, great for dipping. They’re served with a wooden bowl to discard the bones. I washed them down with a beer, of course, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If you’re ever in western New York, I’d recommend checking it out.