Around the Quad

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The doors on display in today’s gallery include buildings on the Quad in Springfield. These are mainly museum buildings. There are five museums on the Quad. The information below is from the museum’s website:

The Springfield Science Museum – Founded in 1859 in City Hall, the museum officially opened in 1899 in a classical revival building. The museum was expanded in 1932 and again in 1970 with the Tolman addition that included a public observatory. In 2004, the Welcome Center was added to the Science Museum to serve as the main entrance to the entire campus. The Science Museum houses permanent collections of Natural Science, Anthropology and Physical Science. The Science Museum’s Seymour Planetarium consists of the historic Korkosz Starball, now the oldest operating star-projector in the United States.

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum – This art museum holds the eclectic collections of George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923) and his wife, Belle Townsley Smith (1845-1928) in an Italian palazzo-style building established in 1896. The vast holdings include excellent examples of Japanese lacquer, arms and armor, ceramics and bronzes; one of the largest collections of Chinese cloisonné outside of Asia.

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts – Established in 1933 and housed in an Art Deco style building, includes a comprehensive collection of American and European paintings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture as well as a large collection of Japanese prints and representative examples of drawing, furniture, metalwork, textiles, glass and ceramics. The Museum houses a comprehensive collection of European Art (French, Dutch, and Italian) and the Currier & Ives (active 1834-1907) collection, one of the largest holdings of lithographs in the nation.

The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History – Known for its local history research facilities, its comprehensive program of changing exhibitions, its diverse educational offerings, and it’s wide ranging collections illuminating the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Indian Motocycle Collection is the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. The Firearms Collection includes more than 1,600 firearms, with the largest collection of Smith & Wesson guns in the world. The Automobile Collection includes an 1899 Knox, a 1901 Crestmobile, a 1925 Rolls-Royce roadster, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce roadster.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum – The newest museum on the Quadrangle, is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss!

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    • Like many New England cities, Springfield has suffered in recent times. The city has a number of struggles ahead, but I think maintaining this area will play an important role in the recovery. This area is part of what was call the “learning corridor” and, in addition to the museums, there used to be several schools in this area.

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  1. What a place! I think I could spend half a day just standing in the middle and gawking. I’m sure it takes days to look through all the museums — they sound fascinating.

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    • We took our daughter there when there were only four museums (no Seuss Museum yet) and I think we only made it through three of them. If we went into the fine art, it was a rapid “don’t get too close” run through the exhibits.

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  2. It is so wonderful that people take so much pride in our past and care about how it is perceived. Such beauty is calming for the soul and uplifting for the heart. You can’t get that out of Amazon!

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    • Ha! No, not out of Amazon, that’s for sure. Having the five small buildings around a sculpture garden makes this a great place to visit, Pam. You can relax and see so many wonderful exhibits.

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  3. The art museum entrance is an eye catcher! The whole front of the building is a work of art. Clearly a lot of thought went into these structures. Each has its own individuality, yet they all compliment one another.

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    • They have remodeled and expanded that building numerous times, Ginger, but I think they got it right each time. The museums do compliment one another and the quad pulls it all together. The Cathedral I shared last week is also on the quad, so it really is a restful place.


  4. My goodness, the doors of the art museum are breathtaking. The craftsmen are truly artists of the material world. Thank you for the morning inspiration, Dan. 🌞

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    • I’m glad yo like this and I’m glad you appreciate the craftsmanship on display in the buildings,m Gwen. I think the buildings are supportive of the overall mission of the museum group.

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  5. All of these museums in one convenient location? Yes, please! I think I would happily stay lost in these museums for days. I love the arched doorways and windows on all these buildings…..something you don’t see much of anymore. Shame.

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    • I think I am going to go back in the fall and take in a planetarium show, Jean. We took our daughter for the complete tour about 30 years ago (before the Seuss Museum was built).

      I enjoyed your photos today.


  6. I love the brick building in the first image and the portico in the corner at the back of Dr. Suess’s museum. This would be a grand day spent touring all the museums there.

    What do the words say on the side of the brick building? I’m going to scroll up and see if I can read them. I’m just curious.

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    • I love that you can arrive here and enjoy art, science and whimsy all day. I hope to go back later in the year. The museums will be open full time in a couple of weeks. The words on the building are the museum name – George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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    • Thanks Teagan. The museums are all interesting buildings, and it’s very nice to be in the quad and be surrounded by them. We stayed din the 80s today, and we may only hit 77 tomorrow.

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  7. I think I could spend a week looking at all those museums. We (here in San Diego) claim Dr. Seuss too. Ted Geisel and his wife lived here for a long time, up until the end, but we don’t have a Dr. Seuss museum/sculpture garden. Lucky you! That It looks like the architect of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts could have been an ancestor of the person who designed the Amazon distribution center.

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    • Haha – that is the more bland of the collection, isn’t it. I didn’t know about the San Diego connection, but I knew he didn’t spend his entire life in Springfield – San Diego is a better choice.

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  8. Great tour, Dan! This almost looks like the most modern buildings I recall you posting but that’s because I always recall your small town America features. I recall the Dr. Seuss Museum you posted earlier and that was a fun tour. This post of museums still has some great features and historical context as you guide us.

    Here’s my door contribution this week.

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  9. Thanks Gordon. The museums have been there for a long time, but they may be some of the most well maintained buildings I’ve shared and a while.

    Thanks for your contribution – beautiful photos.


  10. Thank you for this post, Dan. I enjoyed the doors and also the description of each museum. I imagine it’s a benefit to having the museums in a cluster, as visitors will go to more than one.

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