Springfield became known as the City of Homes at the turn of the century thanks to abundant and beautiful Victorian mansions and unique architecture as well as numerous single-family homes constructed for manufacturing workers. Currently, the city has designated six historic districts in which properties are given architectural protection by the Historic Commission of the City of Springfield. Springfield Preservation Trust works to help preserve and protect properties throughout Springfield.
The Trust particularly focuses on buildings that have architectural, historic, educational, or general cultural significance for public edification and enjoyment. The Trust helps inform and excite the public about their mission by offering tours of historic homes, creating a “most endangered” list to help keep the public aware of potential losses, and activating calls to action when historic properties are threatened. The organization also offers annual awards to celebrate those who are making a significant effort to preserve Springfield’s architectural heritage.
This year’s Preservation Award winners are highlighted in a display featured in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. In this exhibit, visitors can view the properties honored in 2019 and read more about the efforts made to restore the historic look of both public and private buildings through such things as removing inappropriate siding, repairing or replicating original details, or generally bringing back a building that was in disrepair.
“The Springfield Preservation Trust has been a consistent voice advocating for Springfield’s historic places for more than forty years,” said Maggie Humberston, Curator of Libraries & Archives at the Springfield Museums. “We are excited to share this exhibit with our visitors.”