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Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Board of Trade Block

1645-1659 Main Street

 

— Built 1875, 1862, 1866 • Renovated 1985 —

 
Board of Trade Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
1. Board of Trade Block Marker
Inscription.  These three buildings were originally separate structures. The southern building was built in 1875 by John Olmsted, president of the Springfield Street Railway, for office and warehouse use. Its facade was remodeled in 1895, and the Springfield Board of Trade became one of its principal tenants. The middle building was erected by John Hixon, a manufacturer of footwear. After an 1892 fire, the structure was rebuilt to plans drawn by architect Jason Perkins. The northern building was a rooming house but by 1877 had been converted to offices by the Bay State Paper Company. Its facade was altered in 1927 when all three properties were unified by Wilbur Young, founder of W. F. Young Company and maker of Absorbine, Jr.

This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
Erected by Springfield 350th Anniversary.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 42° 6.265′ N, 72° 35.637′ W. Marker
Board of Trade Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
2. Board of Trade Block Marker
(marker visible just right of entrance)
is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is on Main Street west of Taylor Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level directly on the subject building, just to the right of the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1655 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. Stacy Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of the Duryea Automobile (about 500 feet away); Springfield Steam Power Company Block (about 500 feet away); Fuller Block (about 600 feet away); Wells and Bicycle Blocks (about 700 feet away); Trinity Block (about 700 feet away); Stearns Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan Block (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Regarding Board of Trade Block. National Register of Historic Places #83000758.
 
Also see . . .  Olmsted-Hixon-Albion Block (Wikipedia). The Olmsted-Hixon-Albion Block is actually three separate 19th-century buildings that were conjoined by internal connections in 1929, making a good example of adaptive reuse of commercial architecture in the city. Overall, the building is five stories in height, and retains the facades of its original constituent buildings. (Submitted on October 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Board of Trade Block image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 5, 2019
3. Board of Trade Block
 
 
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 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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