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Mass Mutual Building

1200 Main Street/101 State Street

 

— Stop 6 • Springfield Experience Walk —

 
Mass Mutual Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
1. Mass Mutual Building Marker
Inscription.  The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company commissioned Springfield's first steel frame skyscraper, built in the Classical Revival style. It was completed in 1908 and caused a controversy over its "excessive height" of 125 feet. A law limiting the height of any building in Springfield to 125 feet was passed soon after, and stayed in effect until 1970.

The building, designed by prominent New York architectural firm Trowbridge and Livingston, has a steel framework and limestone cladding.

In 1928-1929, the Springfield Republican purchased the building, renovated it for private offices, and renamed it the State Building.


 
Location. 42° 6.033′ N, 72° 35.239′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is on State Street south of Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, near the southwest corner, facing State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 State Street, 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. 95 State Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Building
Marker detail: Mass Mutual Building construction (<i>undated • circa 1908</i>) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
2. Marker detail: Mass Mutual Building construction (undated • circa 1908)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Union House / Chandler Hotel / Edisonia Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Meeting House (about 400 feet away); YWCA (about 500 feet away); State Armory (about 600 feet away); French Congregational Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Spiritualist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  State and Main Streets, Springfield Mass. In response to the construction of this building. and because of fears that the city would be overtaken by modern skyscrapers, the Massachusetts legislature set 125 feet as the height limit for any building in Springfield, a law that stood until 1970. As a result, despite being over a century old it is still tied for 7th tallest building in the city. MassMutual didn’t stay here for too long, however. In 1927 with a continually-expanding company and little room in downtown, MassMutual moved to their present-day home a few miles up State Street in the Pine Point neighborhood. (Submitted on July 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories.
Marker detail: Mass Mutual Building (<i>undated</i>) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
3. Marker detail: Mass Mutual Building (undated)
ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Mass Mutual Building Marker<br>(<i>wide view • looking north along State Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
4. Mass Mutual Building Marker
(wide view • looking north along State Street)
Mass Mutual Building (<i>Main Street view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
5. Mass Mutual Building (Main Street view)
Mass Mutual Building (<i>State Street view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
6. Mass Mutual Building (State Street view)
Present Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company building (<i>1295 State Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2019
7. Present Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company building (1295 State Street)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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