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Springfield Museum
Building Description
StyleChicago, Brick
DestructionStill Around
ArchitectByllesby, H.M. & Company
Original OwnerMountain States Power Company
Initial UseElectric substation
Square Footage
AreaSpringfield Downtown
Address590 Main St
Zip Code97477
Historical Importance Distinctions
former Energy Facility, now Springfield Museum

Also known as Oregon Power Company's Springfield Substation.

[edit] History

The sturdy, brick building housing the Springfield Museum has a rich and significant history. A new, permanent exhibit at the Museum celebrates that history and, at the same time, traces significant events that shaped Springfield and the nation. Titled the "Stairwell Story," the exhibit gives a voice to the building at 6th Street and Main Streets, says Museum director David Staton. If buildings could talk, this one would have a lot to say. Since 1911, it has acted as a sentinel watching over Main Street and served as a symbol of industry.

A 1907 document granting the company a franchise to provide power for the City of Springfield begins the exhibit at the base of the building's stairwell. The reproduction of that document is placed next to a four-foot-long panoramic photograph of early Springfield.

The structure was built to serve as the Mountain States Power Company substation.

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