Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Commanding Officer's House
Four years after taking command at Springfield Armory in 1841, Maj. James W. Ripley began construction of this residence. When he demolished the existing CO's residence to make room for Main Arsenal, he antagonized the builder of that house, a man with powerful political connections.
Ripley's opponents labeled his new residence a "magnificent mansion,” fueling the controversies that bedeviled him during his entire term at Springfield Armory. He became the subject of various investigations, leading finally to a military court of inquiry. Among the charges were extravagance and waste of government funds for building this house, but in the end he was completely exonerated.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
Location. 42° 6.46′ N, 72° 34.951′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker can be reached from State Street. The marker is beside the walkway leading to the Commanding Officer's House just behind Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield MA 01105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Master Armorer's House (a few steps from this marker); Hay Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Arsenal (within shouting distance of this marker); From Arsenal to Icon (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Military Presence (about 600 feet away); Innovation Continues at STCC (about 600 feet away); Forging Arms for Our Nation (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Springfield Armory National Historic Site. National Park Service website entry. (Submitted on June 11, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Brevet Brigadier General James W. Ripley. A biography hosted by the United States Army Ordnance Corps and School. (Submitted on October 2, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Additional keywords. Springfield Armory Springfield Arsenal Ripley
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,014 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.