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United Electric Co. Building / Old "Turnverein" Building

73 State Street

 

— Stop 8 • Springfield Experience Walk —

 
United Electric Co. Building / Old "Turnverein" Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
1. United Electric Co. Building / Old "Turnverein" Building Marker
Inscription.  
United Electric Co. Building
In 1912 the United Electric Company office building was completed by local builder Casper Ranger. The Beaux Arts brick and limestone building was designed by Boston architect Thomas M. James.

The United Electric Light Company was one of the first companies to bring electricity to Springfield and played a major role in the City's growth. It consolidated with Western Massachusetts Electric Company to become the largest supplier of electricity in the western half of the state in 1942. United Electric sold the building in the 1960's.

In 2017, the original facade was restored and incorporated into the MGM Springfield building.

Old "Turnverein" Building
On your left stood the Turnverein Building at 79 State Street. In 1855, the German-American social club "Turnverein" was established. It gained prominence in Springfield and hosted many popular social gatherings. The members decided to build their own facility for their athletic, cultural and civic activities, and the Turnverein Building opened in 1885.

Anti-German sentiments ran high in Springfield during World War I,
Marker detail: United Electric Company Building image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, Springfield, Massachusetts
2. Marker detail: United Electric Company Building
and many members joined the American Armed Forces. The decline in membership and activities led to financial difficulties. In 1926, the building was sold to Springfield Co-Operative Bank and remodeled by architect H.L. Sprague, adding a new facade of brick and stone.
 
Erected 2018.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceWar, World I.
 
Location. 42° 5.994′ N, 72° 35.283′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is on State Street north of MGM Way, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the sidewalk, directly in front of the building entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 73 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. United Electric Company Building (here, next to this marker); 95 State Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampden County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mass Mutual Building (about 300 feet away); Old First Church (about 400 feet away); Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Building (about 400 feet away); YWCA
Marker detail: Old "Turnverein" Building image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, Springfield, Massachusetts
3. Marker detail: Old "Turnverein" Building
(about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Old First Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Regarding United Electric Co. Building / Old "Turnverein" Building. National Register of Historic Places #83000772.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Springfield Experience Walk
 
Also see . . .
1. United Electric Co. Building (Wikipedia). The United Electric Co. Building was one of the city's few Beaux-Arts buildings, it was built in 1910 to serve as the headquarters of the United Electric Company, Springfield's supplier of electricity since the 1880s. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The building was mostly demolished to make way for MGM Springfield casino; its facade was retained, and now forms part of the casino's street frontage. (Submitted on October 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Who is Dr. Seuss? The Turnverein. The Turnverein was a German-American club founded in Springfield in 1855 to promote physical fitness and social activities. The organization opened their own building on State Street in 1885. This location
United Electric Company Building Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
4. United Electric Company Building Entrance
(marker visible on right side)
served as the club’s home during the years that Theodore "Dr. Seuss"/"Ted" Geisel lived in Springfield. Ted’s parents and grandparents were all loyal members of the Turnverein and this organization played an important role in Ted’s early development. (Submitted on October 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
United Electric Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
5. United Electric Company Building
 
 
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 48 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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