April 13

100 Center

Posted by lori . 12 Comments


Every Saturday, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Here’s what she says about the Artist Date:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

K & S Brewing Company Main Building

This week, I went to the 100 Center in Mishawaka, Indiana.

K & S Brewing Company Main Building Detail

The 100 Center is located on the site of the old Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company.

The Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company

Founded in 1853, the Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company operated until 1951.

K & S Brewing Company Boiler House

It’s a fascinating place with interesting historic buildings and pieces of the brewery equipment set out like sculptures.

Old Machinery

The stamping shows this piece was made in Mishawaka, a reminder of this area’s industrial past.

Old Machinery Detail

The 100 Center used to have a variety of restaurants, clubs and shops. In fact, I lived in the 100 Center Apartments back in the 1980’s.

K & S Brewing Company Walkway Between Buildings

There are still some restaurants and clubs, but little else. I’m curious what’s currently happening here.

K & S Brewing Company Stables

The weather was HORRIBLE, so I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked. I’m heading back when the weather is better.

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12 Responses to " 100 Center"

  • Woof! Woof! You went to Indiana (that’s hrs away from us). Great photos and looks like there’s no one there. One of this day we will join you on Artist Date. Mom plans to take me to a special art event. You might want to join us, 3 more hrs you’ll be in Chicago. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  • Ann Paws says:

    Looks like an interesting place but I don’t see any people around! Maybe because of the weather like you mentioned.

  • Daisy says:

    Gorgeous area. SHE loves poking around in historical buildings and areas.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • That looks like a very interesting place with a lot of history. I wonder why it’s so deserted?

  • Sue says:

    What a fab place. I bet you enjoyed living there. It’s nice when old buildings aren’t left to go to rack and ruin.

  • That looks like a great place to explore, I love old buildings like that.

  • Kat says:

    Looks like a really neat place. Thanks for taking us along!

  • Joel H. says:

    Thank you for the pictures, Lori! I grew up in nearby Goshen and remember the 100 Center from its heyday as a shopping complex in the seventies and early eighties, complete with an annual Oktoberfest.
    As it happens, my wife and I, who now live in Bedford, were at Kamm Island Park just behind 100 Center for the Michiana Renaissance Faire last weekend, and I took the opportunity to revisit the place.
    For the most part, remembering what used to be, I was pretty disappointed. The main building looks dilapidated, much worse than in your pictures from two years ago. One wooden stairway in the walkway has completely collapsed, and has been left to rot without any barricades or warning signs. The state historical marker telling about the brewery has been painted over, something you will not see if you visit the in.gov webpage for it. And one building that I remember as housing one of the first antique malls in the area has been turned into apartments.
    Granted, a couple of the outbuildings have been recently remodelled into trendy-looking bars or restaurants. I’m sure that the people who own and run these places take pride in them, and I don’t mean to show them any disrespect with my impressions. Those buildings and their surroundings certainly aren’t dilapidated. But nothing seems to be happening with the main 100 Center itself. Sadly, I think the reason there weren’t any people in your pictures wasn’t the weather, there was just no reason for anyone to bother going there, except to admire the buildings and reminisce about what they used to hold.

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