springfield city hall springfield, MA
The group of 1912 Beaux Arts buildings known as the ‘Municipal Complex’ deﬁnes the skyline of the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The City Hall and Symphony, mirrored Greek temples, ﬂank an Italianate campanile that towers over Court Square. All three structures were built to impress, a reﬂection of the city’s industrial prosperity and storied past. The City Hall is today a bustling administrative center with ofﬁces and high-ceilinged legislative chambers on which no detail was spared.
Over 100 years old, Springﬁeld City Hall is in need of signiﬁcant repairs. Its character-deﬁning stonework has faced weathering and mortar erosion and its openings are of equal concern. Many window sash have been inappropriately replaced with modern alternates, and the front doors, intricately stamped with bronze depictions of key moments in the city’s history, have begun to corrode. Our team was engaged in 2021 to prepare an exterior conditions assessment for the building, an effort funded in part by the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund. The study will inform a phased exterior restoration.