Springfield is Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood
Springfield in Jacksonville had its beginnings back in 1869 but it was not until 1871 when it was established as a formal residential community. The area thrived when it had the Springfield Development Company working to grow and expand the area in 1880s. Their work continued up to the Great Fire of 1901, which destroyed all of downtown and many of the residences in Springfield. The area rapidly redeveloped after the fire and features some of the most amazing homes in the Jacksonville area. While the area did not fare well during the great depression, it has been trying to make a come back with many people moving into the area to try and bring new life back to old structures.
Housing Styles of Springfield
Contributing buildings in the district date from about 1885 to approximately 1930. The majority of the houses are wood frame vernacular structures, but there are some examples of late 19th century revival and romantic styles, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and the Stick style. 20th century types include Prairie School, Bungalow, and Mediterranean. Springfield did not experience a resurgence of construction during the 1920s, as did other residential sections of the city, and the “boom” bypassed the area since much of the land was already occupied. In fact, the area slid into disrepair during the 20s and saw a flight of people from Springfield into Riverside and the newer Avondale Neighborhoods.
At the time the district was listed in the National Register, it contained 1,784 buildings fifty years old or older that contributed to its historical character. Of that number, 1,686 were classified as residential. Only 48 were commercial. The great majority of buildings, 1,595, were wood frame, and 201 were masonry. There were 1,294 buildings of two stories in height and 10 three-story structures. The remainder were all one-story structures. Most of this area is known to reside in the 32206 zip code.
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