159 N. Park Central Square - Springfield Public Square Historic District - Springfield, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 12.556 W 093° 17.517
15S E 474094 N 4118127
Quick Description: Historic former movie theater now church in the Springfield Public Square Historic District in Springfield, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/5/2011 5:40:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMD1CB
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Long Description:

"159 N. Park Central Square, 1916. Electric Theater (1916). The front of this one-story Streamline Moderne movie theater is tucked into the northwest corner of the square, and the theater itself sits back from the front section, between Olive and the Square. The front wall is approximately 50 feet wide, with a tall parapet above an open ground floor. The parapet, which extends up a full story above the top of the building, has an open framework of horizontal bands, and the ground floor features a central ticket booth flanked by wide openings and curved side walls. There is a bare brick section above the ground floor where the original marquee most likely was located; it was probably removed to make room for the 1970s canopy [This has since been modified further with the signage for the church now occupying the building]. The ticket booth and all of the ground floor fenestration appears to be early or original."

The former movie theater has now been converted to a church building.

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Springfield Public Square Historic District

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

159 N. Park Central Square Springfield, Missouri

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

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NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): Not listed

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