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1912 American Foursquare

502 Calhoun St
Battells Second Park
Mishawaka, Indiana

Wilfred Dudding House

Wilfred Dudding House
Wilfred Dudding House
This historical home was built for local businessman Wilfred Dudding in 1912 as his wedding gift for his bride; the house was completed by July 1912. The house features original oak floors, and original wood details in every room of the house. The over-sized screened in porch dominating the front of the house is original, down to the screen frame-work. This well preserved house remains unchanged from its original design and interior layout; it was fully restored in 2010.
Situated along a quite tree-lined street in a neighborhood reminiscent of a Normal Rockwell painting, this well preserved, historically Notable home was built as a wedding gift in 1912.
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Living Room
Living Room
Original wood details and hardwood floors are a big feature in every room of the house.
Built-in Display Cabinet
Built-in Display Cabinet
Built in display cabinet, at bottom of stair case with two glass doors and drawer in middle.
Tucked away in a small alcove adjacent to the living room fireplace is the staircase. The 100-year-old banister and wood details are original.
Antique Hardware
Antique Hardware
One of many original door knobs throughout the house.
Dining Room
Dining Room
Formal dining room features original oak floor.
Front Door
Front Door
Original front door, with original beveled glass.
Stairwell Landing
Stairwell Landing
Stairwell landing from second floor hallway
View from the Front Porch
View from the Front Porch
The large screened-in front porch offers views of a century-old suburban neighborhood, shaded by large oak and maple trees.
Exterior Trim Detail
Exterior Trim Detail
Wood siding with trim detail between the first and second floors. The original wood siding has never been covered with modern aluminum or vinyl siding; it was simply repainted when needed. The siding was stained these colors during a restoration project in 2010.
Bedrooms 3
Full Baths 1
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 1,408
Unheated Sq. Ft. 672
Stories 2
Acres 0.1
Lot Size
5,663 Sq. Ft.


  • 1st Floor Bath
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Dining room
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Automatic outside lights
  • Driveway - Paved
  • Garden
  • Porch
  • Restored exterior
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Built-in Cabinets
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Fireplaces
  • High Ceilings
  • Original wood windows
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Wood floors
  • Central air
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Gas heating
  • Security System
  • Plaster Walls
  • Ripple Glass

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The Dudding House, as featured in the At Home section of the South Bend Tribune's September 10, 2011 edition.


Government website for the City of Mishawaka, Indiana.


Wilfred Dudding House stewards receive 2013 Preservation Award

Built as a Wedding Gift

In May 1912, Wilfred Dudding, who was a manager for the Central Union Telephone Company and a locally well-known singer, purchased the city lot this house stands on for $425.00 from the Battell Family, for whom this neighborhood is named after. Mr. Dudding commissioned a local firm, J. H. Weikamp and Son, headed by master craftsman John Henry Weikamp, to build the house. The house is not a catalog mail-order house kit; it was built on site, however the origins of the design are unknown. It is likely the house is based off a general layout and design the builder used for Foursqaure homes. The house was completed by July 1912, and Mr. Dudding presented the home as his wedding gift to his new bride, the former Miss Gladyce Doolittle. The house is one of the earlier houses in the neighborhood, and at the time the house was built it was surrounded by a thick curtain of trees along a dirt road on the out skirts of a young and growing city. With the street now paved and with sidewalks, the curtain of trees that once surrounded the house has since been replaced with a mixture of various styles of homes, most of which date to the 1920’s. The neighborhood has literally grown up around this house.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Dudding raised three children in the house: Charles; Richard and John. The Dudding Family remained in residence in the house until 1945. From the 1950’s to the mid 1990’s the house was home to the Gautier Family. Presently the house is the residence of the Finch-Hawse Family.

Situated in Mishawaka, Indiana's historic Battell Park neighborhood, the house and the surrounding neighborhood are included as part of a loosely defined historic district historic known as the Wilson Boulevard Historic District. Since 1995 the house has held a rating of (N) Notable Structure. The rating of (N) means the house did not quite merit an (O) Outstanding Rating, but still is above average in its importance, and as such the house is eligible for designation as a Historical Landmark for the City of Mishawaka. Also in 1995, the City of Mishawaka inventoried the house as part of a city-wide report of Historic Sites and Structures within the city limits.

The house underwent a complete restoration in 2010. The house features original clapboard siding, original wood windows (several of which have original glass), original wood details and hardwood floors. During the restoration a first floor walk in closet was converted into a small powder room. The kitchen was completely gutted and rebuilt during the restoration. Additionally the updated electrical wiring, plumbing and central air conditioning make this century-old structure comparable to any modern home.

In June 2013, the Finch-Hawse Family were the recipients of the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission's 2013 Award for Preservation in their efforts to preserve the historic Wilfred Dudding House; through their diligent care of its original architecture and with respectful, historically-sensitive improvements.

Archived in September, 2011

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