Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District

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Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District
Exterior - Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA - DSC03877.JPG
Museum of Fine Arts
Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District
Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District is located in the US
Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District
Location Springfield, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°6′16″N 72°35′10″W / 42.10444°N 72.58611°W / 42.10444; -72.58611Coordinates: 42°6′16″N 72°35′10″W / 42.10444°N 72.58611°W / 42.10444; -72.58611
Built 1811
Architect Richardson, H.H.; Et al.
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 74000371[1] (original)
00001393 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 8, 1974
Boundary increase November 22, 2000

The Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District is a historic district in Springfield, Massachusetts, bounded by Chestnut Street to the West; State Street to the South; and includes properties on Mattoon, Salem, Edwards and Elliot Streets. Located in the Metro Center, The Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District is one of the few neighborhoods in the Knowledge Corridor lined with historic, restored red-brick Victorian row houses on both sides, covered by tree canopies.

The Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District consists of housing stock of various architectural styles, from detached Victorian houses, to attached red-brick row-houses, to H.H. Richardson churches. The area contains Mid 19th Century Revivals and Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals.[2]

Since 2006, Metro Center - and in particular, the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District - has seen a notable resurgence in residential living, with growing populations of people seeking an urban, cultural environment at reasonable prices, e.g. 20-somethings, LGBTs, bohemians, urban professionals, and empty-nesters. The Mattoon Street neighborhood features many of Springfield's most prestigious residential addresses, on Mattoon Street, Salem Street, Elliot Street, etc. It also features one of the famous architect H.H. Richardson's first works in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the Hispanic Baptist Church. Early each Fall, the neighborhood hosts a large arts festival, "The Mattoon Street Arts Festival."

The historic district's namesake Quadrangle features a grouping of five museums around the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden. Recent developments include 2008's $57 million Moshe Safdie-designed, Federal Courthouse on State Street; and the TRO Jung|Brannen designed $101 million adaptive reuse of Springfield's original Technical High School for Massachusetts' Data Center.[3]

Current projects like Baystate Health's $300 million "Hospital of the Future," and the $1 billion New Haven–Springfield high-speed rail; and the $72 million, northern intercity commuter rail from Springfield through Northampton, Massachusetts, to Brattleboro, Vermont, (and then ultimately to Montreal, Canada,) are making Springfield's architecturally significant Metro Center an increasingly desirable place to live.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Quadrangle-Mattoon Historic District." Springfield-ma.gov.
  3. ^ "United States Federal Courthouse, Safdie Architects, world architecture news, architecture jobs". Worldarchitecturenews.com. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2012-08-04.