Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks

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Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks
Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks, Springfield MA.jpg
Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks
Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks is located in Massachusetts
Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks
Location Springfield, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°6′17″N 72°35′37″W / 42.10472°N 72.59361°W / 42.10472; -72.59361Coordinates: 42°6′17″N 72°35′37″W / 42.10472°N 72.59361°W / 42.10472; -72.59361
Built 1873
Architect Perkins & Gardner
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 19, 1979

The Wason-Springfield Steam Power Blocks are a collection of three historic commercial blocks at 27-43 Lyman St. and 26-50 Taylor Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. They were built in the 1870s by the J.W. Wason Car Company and the Springfield Steam Power Company as facilities to support the development of new businesses in what was then called the North Blocks area of the city.[2]

The Powers Block, a six story brick building at 27-37 Lyman Street, was built in 1873 with five stories, and provided warehouse and factory space to the Powers Paper Company. An addition in 1881 increased its size by more than half, and a sixth floor was added in 1910. The Bryan Company Block, 39-43 Lyman Street, was built in 1889 for the Clark W. Bryan Company, and is a four story brick construction. The Steam Power Company's Taylor Street Block, 26-50 Taylor Street, is a three story brick block built in 1875. Originally longer, the building was shortened by 75 feet (23 m) to make way for the post office building on Dwight Street. [2]

The buildings have been converted to residential use. They were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Wason/Springfield Steam Power Blocks". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-14.