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Building Tours at Classic High Condominiums
February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Back by popular demand, the public is invited to participate in tours of the former Classical High School on Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The former high school, now Classical High Condominiums, is located at 235 State Street in Springfield and houses over 100 condominium units. There will also be a special sale of Classical apparel and mugs, as well as informative booklets that describe Springfield and Classical during the Victorian period. This event is sponsored by Historic Classical, Inc., a nonprofit organization established in 2011 to preserve the legacy of Classical High School.
Knowledgeable tour guides will lead groups on tours of the 1897 building, which was converted from a public high school to condominiums thirty years ago. The tours will highlight the historical and architectural features of the building that were preserved in the conversion. Visitors will be amazed to see many decorative elements from the past. They will also see how hallways, classrooms, locker rooms, and the gym were transformed to accommodate residential living. See how the former auditorium and cafeteria were transformed into a dramatic atrium space. Oak, wrought iron, and terrazzo original to the building, tile and slate from 1922, and even graffiti from all the years still remain. Exterior details will be examined as well. Considerable history will be provided on the tours. Weather permitting, the full tours will last approximately 45 minutes and include a brief optional exterior walk.
Visitors will have an opportunity to tour some condominium units on their own. This will allow guests to see how these former classroom spaces have been transformed into great living spaces. Historic Classical Museum, filled with over 200 items of school memorabilia, will also be open. Robert Loesch, local author of “Out on a Limb and Other Stories,” will be signing copies of his book at 2:00 outside of the entrance to the museum. The nine fictional stories in the book are all set in Springfield and surrounding communities.
Tours of the building will be offered at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 pm. Any guests who wish to reserve a specific tour time in advance may do so by emailing info@HistoricClassical.org or phoning (413) 746-9067. Otherwise, sign-ups will be at the door.
Refreshments will be provided. Free and ample parking is available in the adjacent Library/Museums parking lot. The building is handicapped accessible, and modifications will made for anyone who might be challenged to complete the full tour. Come early to have time to take a building tour, visit condominium units, explore the museum, and enjoy refreshments. Admission to the afternoon event is $5.00, with proceeds to benefit the preservation efforts of Historic Classical.