Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Union House / Chandler Hotel / Edisonia Theater
— Stop 5 • Springfield Experience Walk —
Union House / Chandler Hotel
The Union House opened as a hotel in 1846. Two Presidents slept here, including James K. Polk, the 11th President, who stayed during a trip through the Northeastern part of the country. He was joined by his Secretary of State James Buchannan, who would go on to become the 15th President. The name evolved over time, becoming the Chandler Hotel in 1886. In 1933, the Chandler Hotel closed permanently but the building remained in use for various merchants. In the 1950's, a new commercial storefront was added to the building.
In 2017, the historic façade was preserved and incorporated into the MGM Springfield property.
The Edisonia Theater formerly stood at 1156-1176 Main Street, built in 1913 and designed by architects E.C. and G.C. Gardner.
It was named as a tribute to Thomas Edison and was one of Springfield's earliest moving picture houses. Retail storefronts were added in 1937. In the 1940's the theater was closed and renovated as a grocery store housing the Springfield Public Market. The market was a local landmark until it closed in the 1960's.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #11 James K. Polk, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #15 James Buchanan series lists.
Location. 42° 6.016′ N, 72° 35.175′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Crossett Lane, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, facing Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One MGM Way, Springfield MA 01103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burbach, Bangs, and McKinney Blocks (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockbridge Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodore Seuss Geisel Was Born Here in 1904 (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mass Mutual Building (about 300 feet away); 95 State StreetSpringfield Safe Deposit and Trust Company (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Springfield Experience Walk
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