National Register of Historic Places
W C A Boarding House
N 42° 05.993 W 072° 35.207
The Women's Christian Association (W C A) Boarding House is locate at 19 Bliss Street in Springfield, MA.
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.
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