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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Springfield, Massachusetts

 
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Location of Springfield, Massachusetts
    Hampden County (100)
    Berkshire County (131)
    Hampshire County (19)
    Worcester County (234)
    Hartford County, Connecticut (432)
    Litchfield County, Connecticut (239)
    Tolland County, Connecticut (103)
 
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1Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — 95 State Street — Stop 7 • Springfield Experience Walk —
Constructed in 1929, the building at 95 State Street features a classical revival style of architecture. The eleven-story structure was built for the Springfield Republican as an annex to the adjacent State Building, which had been recently acquired . . . Map (db m136697) HM
2Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Armory Fence — Springfield Armory National Historic Site
James W. Ripley, who had such a lasting influence on the Armory’s development, was also responsible for the east-iron fence which extends well over a mile around Armory Square. Partly decorative, the fence also had a security function, being . . . Map (db m65837) HM WM
3Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Armory Square
Two outstanding commanding officers, Roswell Lee and James W. Ripley, set the tone for Springfield Armory's development in the first half of the 19th century. They envisioned a "Grand National Armory," with stately buildings arranged around a . . . Map (db m107107) HM
4Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Board of Trade Block — 1645-1659 Main Street — Built 1875, 1862, 1866 • Renovated 1985 —
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 . . . Map (db m158398) HM
5Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Burbach, Bangs, and McKinney Blocks — 1111-1127 Main Street — Built 1882, circa 1870, and 1905 • Renovated 1982 —
Now known as Crossett Lane, these three buildings were constructed as separate structures. The three-story Queen Anne style block was erected by Gerard Burbach, who ran the adjacent United States Hotel for many years. It may have served as an annex . . . Map (db m158497) HM
6Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Civil War Soldiers' Monument
They served their country 1861-1865Map (db m106793) WM
7Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — 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 . . . Map (db m31772) HM
8Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Edward P. Boland — United States Congress — 1911-2001 —
[left panel] Born on Essex Street in the north end of Springfield on October 1, 1911, the youngest of four sons of Irish immigrant parents Michael and Johanna Boland, Eddie Boland lived his early years in the Hungry Hill section of . . . Map (db m158400) HM
9Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — First Spiritualist Church — 33-37 Bliss Street — Built 1887 —
Originally the French Protestant Church, this edifice was erected with the support of Daniel Wesson, a local industrialist, to serve the small French-Canadian Protestant population in the City. In 1909, the building was given up by the French due to . . . Map (db m136698) HM
10Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Forging Arms for Our Nation
In 1795, Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the United States Military, on a site where General George Washington authorized weapons to be stored during the Revolutionary War. Within decades, Springfield Armory became the nation's . . . Map (db m107114) HM
11Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — French Congregational Church — Stop 1 • Springfield Experience Walk —
The French Congregational Church was built in 1887, the first place of worship in Springfield to accommodate the City's growing French Protestant population. The building's vernacular is a Victorian Gothic style of brick and Longmeadow brownstone, . . . Map (db m136694) HM
12Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — From Arsenal to Icon
The massive building ahead served as Springfield Armory's Main Arsenal, a storage facility for the weapons manufactured here. Constructed between 1847 and 1850 during the term of Commanding Officer James W. Ripley, the building dominated the site . . . Map (db m107082) HM
13Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Fuller Block — 1531-1545 Main Street — Built 1887 • Renovated 1986 —
This five-story block was built at a cost of $100,000 by Frank Fuller, a local industrialist. It was designed by architect Frederick Newman, who later lived in one of the residential suites on the top two floors. When completed, the building was the . . . Map (db m158397) HM
14Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — MA-9 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this Place Passed General Henry Knox In the Winter of 1775 - 1776 To Deliver To General George Washington At Cambridge The Train of Artillery From Fort Ticonderoga Used To Force the British Army To Evacuate . . . Map (db m23756) HM
15Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Hampden County Courthouse — 37 Elm Street — Built 1871-1874 • Renovated 1978 —
Henry Hobson Richardson, the most famous American architect of the late nineteenth century, designed this courthouse. Although Richardson received commissions for seven buildings in Springfield, only the Courthouse and Grace Baptist Church still . . . Map (db m158496) HM
16Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Hampden County District Court Building — 1600 East Columbus Avenue — Built 1930 • Renovated 1980 —
Now used for municipal offices, this limestone structure originally housed the District Court for Springfield and its surrounding towns. The first known district court was established in 1823. This location was selected for its proximity to the . . . Map (db m158396) HM
17Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Hay Road — Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Notice how the land falls off very steeply here. Various commanders at Springfield Armory spent much of the 19th Century grappling with a serious erosion problem on this sandy bluff. Eventually, they resorted to a system of terraces, which . . . Map (db m65732) HM WM
18Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Home of the Duryea Automobile — Springfield, Massachusetts
The Duryea brothers, Charles and Frank, developed the first successful gasoline-powered car in 1894, right here in Springfield. The second Duryea prototype, the 1895 Duryea, was built on this site. This automobile became known simply as the "1895 . . . Map (db m136599) HM
19Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Howard Street School / WCA Boarding House — Stop 4 • Springfield Experience Walk —
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 . . . Map (db m158392) HM
20Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Innovation Continues at STCC — Historic Legacy, Shared Future
Innovation Continues at STCC The armory legacy of innovation lives on at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Founded in 1967 just before the armory closed down, STCC is located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National . . . Map (db m107111) HM
21Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Main Arsenal
The massive Main Arsenal (199 by 69 feet) was constructed between 1847 and 1850, during Col. James W. Ripley's tenure as commanding officer of Springfield Armory. With its dominating location, the Main Arsenal became the symbol of the Armory and was . . . Map (db m31739) HM
22Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Mass Mutual Building — 1200 Main Street/101 State Street — Stop 6 • Springfield Experience Walk —
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 . . . Map (db m136696) HM
23Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Building — 1200 Main Street — Built 1908 —
Organized in 1851, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance company grew to become one of Springfield's largest businesses. It was begun by George Rice and Alfred Lambert to assure annual dividend life insurance. By the early twentieth century, . . . Map (db m137171) HM
24Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Master Armorer's House — Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Constructed in 1833, this building was located just north of the present Main Arsenal as shown in the picture. The nearby identical Paymaster’s House was located on the south side of the Main Arsenal. Around 1880, both of these residences were . . . Map (db m65730) HM WM
25Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Miles Morgan
An early settler of Springfield. Died 1699 • Aged 84 Erected in 1882 by one of his descendants of the fifth generationMap (db m158698) HM
26Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Morgan Block — 313-333 Bridge Street — Built 1929 —
Constructed on a site formerly occupied by Scott's Laundry, this building was originally owned by the Morgan Realty Company, a development arm of the nearby Morgan Envelope Company, one of the City's largest industries. The two-story structure . . . Map (db m158579) HM
27Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark — Springfield Armory
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark The Springfield Armory (1794 — 1968) was the first national armory in the United States. It was an outstanding, innovative center for the design and production of military small arms. . . . Map (db m110888) HM
28Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Old First Church
Old First Church has been located in Court Square since the 17th century. It was the twentieth parish formed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was gathered in 1637, the year after Springfield was founded. The first meetinghouse was erected just . . . Map (db m158499) HM
29Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Old First Church — First Church of Christ, Congregational — Founded in 1637
In the spring of 1636, a small band of early settlers from Roxbury, Massachusetts ventured up the Connecticut River to settle in Springfield, then known by its Indian name of Agawam. Together they executed an agreement which in part reads: "Wee . . . Map (db m158500) HM
30Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Shays’ Rebellion
This Tablet Marks the Battle Place of Shays' Rebellion January 25, 1787Map (db m7791) HM
31Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Springfield Armory
Springfield Armory Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the Provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1955 This Site Possesses Exceptional Value In Commemorating and Illustrating The History of . . . Map (db m110886) HM
32Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Springfield Safe Deposit and Trust Company — 127 State Street — Built 1933 —
This limestone building is a rare example of Art Moderne architecture in Springfield. It was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Thomas M. James Company for the Springfield Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Established in 1886, the company . . . Map (db m158498) HM
33Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Springfield Soldiers and Sailors Monument
[west plaque] Springfield furnished in the war of the rebellion two thousand four hundred and eighty five soldiers and sailors, the greater part of whom enlisted in the 10th, 27th, 37th, and 46th regiments. • • • They served with credit and . . . Map (db m158600) HM WM
34Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Springfield Steam Power Company Block — 51-59 Taylor Street — Built 1881 • Renovated 1983 —
The Springfield Steam Power Company was formed in 1881 by the Wason Car Manufacturing Company to supply power to company-owned blocks in the vicinity of Taylor and Lyman Streets. Work was soon begun on this three-story building which was first . . . Map (db m158399) HM
35Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Stacy Building — 43 Taylor Street — Built 1893 • Renovated 1986 —
Local architect F. R. Richmond designed this building for Edwin Stacy, a manufacturer of machinery and mill supplies. His son Frank took over the business in 1911 and served as Mayor from 1914 to 1918. The upper floors of the building were leased . . . Map (db m136598) HM
36Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — State Armory — Stop 2 • Springfield Experience Walk —
The Springfield Armory was built in 1895 for the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. The building was designed by architects Robert Wait and Amos Cutter from Boston, who were responsible for many county courthouses and state buildings in Eastern . . . Map (db m127593) HM
37Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Stearns Building — 289-309 Bridge Street — Built 1912 —
This building was constructed to house stores and offices. It was designed by Samuel M. Green & Company, which eventually located its offices on the top floor. The company specialized in industrial architecture and engineering. It was involved in . . . Map (db m158495) HM
38Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Stockbridge Block — 7-9 Stockbridge Street — Built 1845 • Renovated 1977 —
In 1839, Elam Stockbridge laid out this street and later constructed a series of brick buildings. This structure is the sole survivor of that row which housed both stores and residences. From 1913 to 1973, the Guenther and Handel Company, a . . . Map (db m158699) HM
39Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — The First Meeting House
Just East of Here Stood The First Meeting House Built in 1645 Past This Point Ran Meeting House Lane, Which Led to the First Training Field And Burying Ground on the Bank of The Greate River This Table Placed by MERCY WARREN CHAPTER, . . . Map (db m108120) HM
40Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — The Military Presence
As a "military factory," Springfield Armory was a hybrid installation, never a typical military post. During and after the Civil War, the military presence increased, with junior officers taking more of a hand in supervising production and . . . Map (db m107109) HM
41Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Theodore Seuss Geisel Was Born Here in 1904
Ted Geisel was born at 22 Howard Street near the Seuss Bakery operated by his grandparents.Map (db m158393) HM
42Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — To the Memory of George Washington
To the Memory Of George Washington Commander-In-Chief Of The American Army 1775 — 1785 First President of the United States Who endorsed the location of a magazine and laboratory at Springfield in 1777, personally inspected the . . . Map (db m110887) HM
43Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Trinity Block — 266-286 Bridge Street — Built 1923 —
This building replaced the Trinity Methodist Church which stood on the site from 1869 to 1922, when the congregation relocated to a more suburban section of the City. Samuel M. Green & Company designed the block, whose facade is a colorful . . . Map (db m158601) HM
44Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Union House / Chandler Hotel / Edisonia Theater — Stop 5 • Springfield Experience Walk —
Union House / Chandler Hotel The Union House opened as a hotel in 1846. Two Presidents slept here, including James K. Polk, the 11th President, who stayed during a trip through the Northeastern part of the country. He was joined by his . . . Map (db m136695) HM
45Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Union Trust Company — 1351 Main Street — Built 1907 • Renovated 1981 —
Now home to MultiBank National, this building was designed by the nationally recognized architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns. It is one of five of their known works in the Pioneer Valley. The Beaux Arts style building was erected for the Union . . . Map (db m158697) HM
46Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — United Electric Co. Building / Old "Turnverein" Building — 73 State Street — Stop 8 • Springfield Experience Walk —
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 . . . Map (db m158394) HM
47Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — United Electric Company Building — 73 State Street — Built 1911 —
The first electric lights in Springfield were installed inside a downtown factory in 1881; the first local streetlights went up in 1889; and the trolley system was electrified in 1890. The United Electric Light Company was formed to meet the . . . Map (db m158395) HM
48Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — Wells and Bicycle Blocks — 254-270 Worthington Street — Built 1876 and 1891 • Renovated 1981 —
The Italianate style Wells Block was built on the site of a lumber yard. Its construction was part of continued growth of business away from Main Street. Stores occupied its ground floor, and tenements were on the upper floors. In 1891, the . . . Map (db m158479) HM
49Massachusetts (Hampden County), Springfield — YWCA — Young Woman's Christian Association — Stop 3 • Springfield Experience Walk —
The YWCA building, previously located at 22-30 Howard Street, was built in 1909. It was designed by local architect Eugene C. Gardner in the Renaissance Revival style. The building consolidated the boarding and educational functions of the YWCA, . . . Map (db m128267) HM
 
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