Sunday, January 4, 2015

NRHP: W C A Boarding House - Springfield, MA

National Register of Historic Places
W C A Boarding House
Springfield, MA

N 42° 05.993 W 072° 35.207

Short Description: 

The Women's Christian Association (W C A) Boarding House is locate at 19 Bliss Street in Springfield, MA.

Long Description:

The Womens's Christian Association is a precursor the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). They promoted issues of social and economic change and welfare around the world. The structure at 19 Bliss Street was built in 1884 by the WCA as a boarding house for unmarried working class women.

The three story brick structure is constructed in the Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake style. It was operated as a WCA boarding house from 1884 to 1910 when a new WCA facility was constructed. It continued as a private boarding house until 1962 when it became the home to the Springfield Rescue Mission, a separate Christian social welfare agency which meets the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted and poor.

Street address: 
19 Bliss Street
Springfield, MA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Hampden

Year listed: 1983

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

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

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