After wrapping up an appointment early, I had some time to myself in downtown South Bend. I figured I might find myself in that situation, and it was a crisp, beautiful spring day, so I took my camera along. I had never really spent any time photographing downtown before, and I had been practicing framing shots using the rule of thirds. I’m not so sure how well I applied the rule in this photo, but I like its interplay of lines and how the white cupola pops against the vivid blue sky.
Two St. Joseph County courthouses stand in South Bend, one behind the other. The newer one, still in use, was completed in 1897. The older one was built in 1853 on that site but was moved to make way. This cupola tops the older courthouse.
The current courthouse is on Main Street. A few blocks north, also on Main Street, I took this photograph of the last remaining block that is paved in brick.