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Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House

 

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Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
1. Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House Marker
Inscription.  
Howard Street School
The Howard Street School, designed by the local firm of Kirkham and Parlett, formerly stood on the MGM Springfield site. It was one of the first of many public buildings the firm, formed in 1904, was responsible for in Springfield.

The Howard Street School took over the role of the West Union Street School as the South End grew and more schools were necessary. It was later the home of the Zanetti School until 2009. The building was significantly damaged in the 2011 tornado.

WCA Boarding House
In 1884 this three-story brick building was constructed at 19 Bliss Street for the (Young) Women's Christian Association to house 35 boarders. It was designed by local architecture firm Richmond + Seabury. In 1962 the building was acquired by the Springfield Rescue Mission, another charitable service organization, and was a significant site for aid to the hungry, homeless, addicted and poor in this neighborhood until the Springfield Rescue Mission moved to a new location in 2015.
 
Erected 2018.
 
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Marker detail: Howard Street School image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
2. Marker detail: Howard Street School
ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkEducationWomen.
 
Location. 42° 5.977′ N, 72° 35.156′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Peabody Lane. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the southwest corner of the building at this address, about 30 yards southwest of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1096 Main 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. Theodore Seuss Geisel Was Born Here in 1904 (here, next to this marker); State Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); YWCA (within shouting distance of this marker); Union House / Chandler Hotel / Edisonia Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Burbach, Bangs, and McKinney Blocks (within shouting distance of this marker); French Congregational Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Spiritualist Church (about 400 feet away); Stockbridge Block (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
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Marker detail: WCA Boarding House image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: WCA Boarding House
Photo by Margo Webber; Anderson, Notter, Finegold Inc., courtesy of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman, Massachusetts Historical Commission.
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Also see . . .
1. Howard Street School. (includes a photo of the Howard Street School from 2015 - shortly before its demolition) The Howard Street School was one of many school buildings built in Springfield around the turn of the 20th century, which included Forest Park School, Classical High School, Chestnut Junior High School, and the Technical High School. This school was used for over 100 years, and was most recently known as the Zanetti School. (Submitted on October 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. W.C.A. Boarding House (Wikipedia). Built in 1884 by the Women's Christian Association (WCA), a social welfare organization that was a predecessor to the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). It was one Springfield's few surviving boarding house structures from the 19th century. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, was demolished around 2012 to make way for the MGM Springfield casino. (Submitted on October 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
4. Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House Marker
New Commercial Building at former Howard Street School site image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
5. New Commercial Building at former Howard Street School site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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