On Jan 23, SPT Visits the Allis Mansion and Discusses Repurposing
On Jan 23rd, a group of representatives of the Springfield historic and preservation societies met with Mercy Hospital administrators and had a tour of the Allis Mansion. Below are a few outcomes from that visit:
The building seems structurally sound despite years of neglect and still has many details such a marble fireplaces, tin ceilings, oak floors, fancy wainscotting, detailed woodwork around bay windows, and grand staircase.
Mercy states they have no use and no money for the building--but is willing to consider leasing the building to a tenant in a similar scheme to another tenant who is putting up the new physician's building.
A committee composed of Jim Boone, Bob McCarroll, Michele Barker from PreservationMass, Mercy preservation consultant Greg Farmer, and Dan Keenan from Mercy will work on how to market the building and what uses Mercy will consider.
Demolition plans are temporarily on hold pending the findings from that committee.