Thursday, January 1, 2015

NRHP: United Electric Company Building - Springfield, MA

National Register of Historic Places
United Electric Company Building
Springfield, MA

N 42° 05.996 W 072° 35.290

Short Description: 

United Electric Company Building is located at 73 State Street in Springfield, MA

Long Description:

United Electric Company Building in Springfield is important because of its architecture and role in the development of Springfield as an industrial city.

United Electric Company Building in downtown Springfield is a beautiful example of the Beaux Arts/Classical Revival style of architecture. It was constructed in 1910 and the designed by the architectural firms of Thomas M. James Company and Kirkham and Parlett. It is one of a few remaining buildings of this type in Springfield. It still retains its original exterior.

The facade has three bays wide with two-storey Ionic pilasters set between recessed bays. The large three upper floor windows are arched at the top. The centered entrance has a detailed projecting iron canopy. The building has a frieze beneath the roof-line, an ornate cornice and a clock set in Classical framing.

The was the office of the United Electric Company, which played a major role in providing electricity to the City of Springfield from the 1880's on. Thus enabling the rapid industrialization of the city that took place in the late 19th century.

Street address: 

73 State Street
Springfield , MA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Hampden

Year listed: 1983

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Commerce/Trade

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately Owned: Yes

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