Memorial Square, Springfield, Massachusetts

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Memorial Square District
St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Springfield MA.jpg
Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Memorial Square, Springfield, Massachusetts is located in Massachusetts
Memorial Square, Springfield, Massachusetts
Memorial Square, Springfield, Massachusetts is located in the US
Memorial Square, Springfield, Massachusetts
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°6′37″N 72°36′10″W / 42.11028°N 72.60278°W / 42.11028; -72.60278Coordinates: 42°6′37″N 72°36′10″W / 42.11028°N 72.60278°W / 42.11028; -72.60278
Built1866
ArchitectMultiple
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #77000180 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 29, 1977

Memorial Square is a neighborhood located in the northwest corner of Springfield, Massachusetts. Memorial Square is geographically one of the smallest of the city's seventeen neighborhoods. It contains 274 acres, plus street and railroads. Its boundaries are the B & M Railroad to the west; the Chicopee city line to the north; Chestnut, Narragansett, and Bartlett Streets to the east; and Interstate 291 to the south.[2]

A predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood with several parks, Memorial Square is within walking distance to Springfield's three nationally ranked hospitals, Baystate Medical Center, Shriner's Children's' Hospital, and Mercy Medical.

Always a neighborhood of immigrants, Memorial Square was a primarily Greek neighborhood from the Industrial Revolution until the Great Latino Immigration of the 1980s-present. The architecturally brilliant St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, founded in 1907, built in 1940, is a testament to Memorial Square's past as a vibrant Greek enclave.[3]

A portion of the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 as the Memorial Square District.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  3. ^ http://ourpluralhistory.stcc.edu/industrial/greek.html