Indian Orchard Grammar

Indian Orchard Grammar

Built in 1868, this is still standing, having been converted into apartments. It is at the corner of Worcester and Myrtle Street in Indian Orchard.

This school was later known as the Myrtle Street school, after an addition was built in front of the existing building. The Myrtle Street School was later expanded even further, with a twin replica of the expanded building being built to the left of the initial expansion.

The back of the original Indian Orchard Grammar School is still visible in the rear.

mrytle st. school

hello my names cathy blaisdell i went to mrytle st. school from 3thrd grade to 6th and then 7th -9th .mr. roach was principle then .would like to find some of the kids i went to school with mr. melcolm was my 5th and 6th grade teacher and he had both grades in one class room. some of the kids names were. linda robiniex .diane gokey.ricky and raymond watson. linda godwin. the year i went there was 1953 -1960 hope i hear from someone .we also had dances at the white church across the st. i live in north carolina now but sure woiuld like to find some of my school mates.email me if you remember me. cathy blaisdell my emails swordofthespirit@netzero.com and my phones 910 2230676

Max Westhoff

Does anyone know specifically when Max Westhoff moved to Springfield? I know it was after his former partner Wm Coulter died of Tb, and was some time in the 1920s, but when? Also, the group Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH.org) has info. on Westhoff and Coulter if anyone is interested.

Springfield College buildings

Alumni Hall at SC was designed by the Gardners and the Olmsteds, according to a site on historic campus architecture that I recently found: http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=i565
Though Springfield has 5 buildings listed on this site, none are attributed to Max Westhoff, though there are other buildings that he may have been involved with.
The College will be celebrating its 125th anniversary beginning this fall, and alot of research has been going on, with heavy use of the archives. I believe there will be a webpage that describes campus buildings and provides some historical background on them. Stay tuned!
Kathy

Max Westhoff

Thanks Barbara. too bad the old Shriners is now gone. I had also found listed that he had built something at Mercy hospital and at Springfield College. I wandered both places and do not have definite answers but my guess by time built that the Mercy building is the one west of the old mansion, close to Carew St and not much used. I tried to get inside to see if there was a plaque with architects name, but could not get access. At Springfield college, the one building of the right age and some design elements was the big Alumni Hall dormitory, wonderful building with great details, built in 1925. Any thought anyone? Jim

another Max Westhoff building

This weekend I came across an old postcard promoting Shriners' Hospital. The building was erected 1925 with a capacity of 50 beds. The architects are listed as, "Hentz, Reid & Adler and Max H. Westhoff." The builders are Ernest F. Carlson Co., General Contractors of Springfield, Mass. and Albany, NY.

Max Westhoff

I am researching my family tree history. Max Westhoff is a great uncle of mine. I am interested in any info that you have and would be willing to share. I have mostly found info on the Saranac Lake region.
Thank you

I looked up Max Westhoff on

I looked up Max Westhoff on Google, and info was spotty, but I was excited to learn that before he designed the homes you speak of here in Springfield, he worked with another architect William L.Coulter, and designed many places in the Adirondacks, including a camp on Saranac Lake. Named Eagle Island, it is currently in use and all of the original buildings remain. It is being reviewed as a historical landmark!!! This was very interesting to me because my family has vacationed there since my Mom was 7 years old, on 4th Lake, in the Fulton Chain Lakes, Inlet, NY...We have enjoyed trips to a few of the Great Camps, including Sagamore, once owned as a summer retreat for the Vanderbilt family. Once again, this site proves to be fascinating. Thanks for all the input here!!!

Westhoff

Thanks for your reply. I do have the book with the Westhoff pictures in it and have used it to do a lot of my research as there is a list of many of his clients as well as many pictures. The house on Springield St is number 177 and belonged to Nick Zeo. What is so impressive is the variation of styles that Westhoff did in a 10 year period. When I get all the information together, I will post it here

Architect Max Westhoff

I am doing some research on a Springfield architect in the 1920's named Max Westhoff. He designed very high end homes in Springfield, Longmeadow and Suffied Ct. I have identified 13 homes, the Connecticut Valley Historic Museum, Liberty Heights Library. It is reported that he designed a building at springfield College and somthing at Mercy Hospital. I can guess which ones, byut do not know for sure. The houses are on Maple, Longhill, Springfield St, Ridgewood Place and on McDuffie School campus. If you know anything about this architect or of houses he built, I would love to hear from you. A full report will be posted here when I am done.

Max Weshoff: Zarlengo House at 172 Longhill St.

I came across Max Westhoff's name when I was researching Napoleon Russell back in the late 70's. Of course you know Westhoff was the architect & Russell was the builder for George Hendee's estate in Suffield Conn. The Zarlengo house at 172 Longhill St was designed by Westhoff. There was a book in the Local History Room at the Spfld. City Library that was all about Max Westhoff. The book had lots of b&w pictures of some of his work. There is a picture of 172 Longhill St along with Hendee's mansion in the book. Russell had built a house at 162 Longhill St for Dr. Robert Baldwin that has been since taken down. Dr. Baldwin's house was between 154 & 172 Longhill St. I made copies of some the pages in the book but I neglected to write down the name of the book. I'm sure the book would still be at the History Museum.
I don't if Chris Zarlengo is still editor of the "Forest Park Newsletter" for the civic association, but I submitted an article on Napoleon Russell back in the February 1979 edition. Is the paper still around?
Do you know what house(s) Max Westhoff designed on Springfield St?

Max Westhoff

The Hilltop Farm Historic District, comprising 250 out of the original 500 acres, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in January 2005 through the efforts of The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, a nonprofit organization. Hilltop Farm was George Hendee's estate in Suffield, CT. A link to the National Register nomination can be found here-- http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/04001463.pdf.

Chestnut followup

Had a call today from the person who keeps an eye on Chestnut. Was very appreciative of the call. He goes down about once a week. Said there was an abandoned stolen car there that he dealt with. Yes there is electricity on and an active security system so they get calls if anyone gets inside. Mike is a good guy and welcomes hearing from citizens so problems can be dealt with. he also oversees Graffiti removal and he has responded to my calls quickly.

Wow! Thanks so much for the

Wow! Thanks so much for the follow up - I just wasn't sure because it looks like there are broken windows on the back and then I saw those lights on after I heard the development was on hold...I hate to see beautiful historic buildings getting ruined by dummies, so if I ever see anything around town, I'll post it here asap...

It'll be great to see Chestnut come to life again when the condo project begins...Hopefully the bad economy doesn't put it on hold for too long...

Thanks again Jim and Ralph...!

Chestnut

I will forward this to the appropriate person in the City, Ralph, if you could do so also from the point of view of the Historical commission that would be good. jim

Chestnut Middle School

I just read that the plan to turn the school into condos is on hold due to the economy. I wonder if the city is paying any attention to the fact the school has power and lights are on inside. For a building that is supposed to be abandoned and sealed, this seems awful strange to me. The front is fenced and boarded up, but there are many broken windows and easy access points along the back of the school. I sent a message about it to the Preservation Trust and the police dept via the city website. It will be interesting to see if anything is done. As it is, the school is clearly endangered by vandals and arsonists, and being someone who appreciates historical buildings, I hate to see such places getting trashed or burned and destroyed...The same thing happened last year to Parson's Paper in Holyoke when it got set on fire by a 13 yr old kid. What a stupid fate for the very first and very last paper mill in operation in the now desolate "paper city"...Having been there just three days prior to photograph it, it was obvious that no one was trying to keep people out of it. Doors and windows were open all of the place, and inside it contained literally tons of flammables - paper pallets, paper, chemicals, etc...Room after room after floor after floor were filled, which is why I believe it collapsed just a half an hour after the fire was set...What a foolish waste of a landmark property...

I know times are tough financially for the city, but it is during such times as these that we need to pay even more attention to our cities old structures, so that they do not become victims of such destructive activities...

My Grammer School

I attended Myrtle Street School beginning 3rd grade thru 6th grade. We were the first African American students bussed from Springfield. the year was about 1965 or 1966. I still remember a couple of teachers and a few female students that I became good friends with. We could only cal each other on the phone. I have been longing to see my old school again. Thanks so much for the memories.