Restoration of the Historic Springside House
Situated prominently in the City’s largest public open space, Springside House is a municipally-owned building individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly the headquarters for the Pittsfield Department of Parks and Recreation, the stately mansion has been underutilized and mothballed for many years, and is in a state of disrepair and decline. Recognizing Springside House as a significant historic asset, the City completed a feasibility study for the restoration and reuse of the building in 2014. Click here for the feasibility report.
The study, which included a conditions assessment and discussion of the limitations of the building in terms of appropriate reuse, was funded by the City of Pittsfield in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Commission through a Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant. The effort also included robust public input which clearly indicated a desire to tie the house to the park in a way that celebrates Pittsfield history as well as enhancing the environmental learning opportunities that the park already offers. The project also included a prioritized plan for implementation of historically appropriate treatments and the development of systems for code compliance and occupancy. Construction plans and specifications were developed for the most critical priority project – foundation stabilization – which will help to propel the City to the next step of revitalization.
Springside House has served as the backdrop for countless private and public functions over the course of its 158 year history as a prominent residential property and the centerpiece of the City’s 275 acre park. Historic restoration and reuse will further connect it to the park and bring new life and activity to a building that has great potential to serve the residents of Pittsfield long into the future.
The major challenge with the building is that the longer it sits without significant investment the greater the likelihood that it will deteriorate beyond repair. Significant funds have been directed to the building just to keep the roof in repair and the heating systems operable.
Design and construction budget costs were developed during the feasibility study process, reflecting a prioritized plan of action, totaling $2,195,000 over the course of the next 10 years.