838 East Walnut Street - Walnut Street Historic District - Springfield, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 12.396 W 093° 16.945
15S E 474939 N 4117828
Quick Description: Historic Victorian house now art gallery in the Walnut Street Historic District in Springfield, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/13/2011 3:52:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMD3ET
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 2

Long Description:
"838 East Walnut Street - The Massey House, also known as the "Sorosis House." Built c. 1894-95 for Frank R. Massey, founder of Springfield Grocery Company and Massey-Hemdon Shoe Company. A two and onehalf story wood frame domestic building in the Queen Anne style in an irregular plan. The building rests on a rough-faced cut ashlar limestone foundation and has a gable roof with wide eaves and modillions. The projecting gable wing on the east side of the faqade has a flared roof with cornice returns supported on brackets and modillions. The gable pediment has paired windows centered above a tripled window on the second story. A flared skirt supported by brackets separates the second and first stories. The roof of the two and on-half story eight-sided tower on the northwest comer of the building is currently flat. However, it is likely that the house had a more characteristic pitched roof in its original design. A fire in the house c. 1958 is known to have caused damaged to the front north portion of the property. A rectangular porch with flat roof and plain entablature covers the main entrance. It rests on round wood columns inside square limestone columns. An uncovered limestone with flat parapet wall covers the east side of the faqade, extending from the central porch to the porte-cochere at the east elevation. The current porch and porte-cochere configuration is an early period alteration. The building was covered with modem siding prior to 1984; but, the original wood lap-siding is intact underneath. The original wood sash windows were replaced with aluminum clad windows in 2000. Despite these alterations, the property retains its overall integrity. The subject property is currently being used as a student art and design gallery for Southwest Missouri State University." - Historic District nomination.

After serving the Sorosis Club, a long standing women's club, the house now serves as the Missouri State University Exhibition Center.

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Walnut Street Historic District

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

838 East Walnut Street 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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