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Great Houses of the McKnight Historic District (Walking Tour)
April 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Join us for the “Great Houses of the McKnight Historic District” walking tour, part of our Second Saturday Walking Tour series.
The McKnight Neighborhood contains 800 homes and was developed from 1870-1900 by the McKnight Brothers. The city’s first Street Car suburb, it is still the largest intact wood frame Victorian neighborhood in New England.
Participants will learn about the history and architecture of the McKnight neighborhood and see some of the great houses that led to Springfield being called “The City Of Homes.” We will wander down Dartmouth Terrace, Worthington Street, Ingersoll Grove, and parts of Florida and Bowdoin Streets. These areas developed in the 1880s feature some of the biggest, most grand houses built in the neighborhood.
The tour will be conducted by Jim Boone, who is a long-time Springfield Preservation Trust Board Member and boasts 47 years of residency in the McKnight neighborhood. The tour begins at Thompson Triangle, the intersection of Worthington St and Saint James Ave.
The Second Saturday Walking Tour series is co-presented by the Springfield Preservation Trust and Springfield Museums, and is sponsored by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council.