SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A soon-to-be-demolished building in Springfield’s Six Corners has a long history closely tied to the city’s industrial past. Demolition of the Lincoln Hall building on Rifle Street is scheduled for 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The vacant brick building was one of many structures heavily damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado.
Longtime Springfield historian Frances Gagnon told 22News that Lincoln Hall was built during the Civil War era as part of the Watershops complex for the Springfield Armory. It was originally intended to make armaments, but ended up being used as a major meeting hall for employees of the Watershops area. It later became a restaurant and then a church.
Gagnon told 22News that Lincoln Hall perhaps could have been saved if it had been designated as a historic building back in the late 1970s, when such a distinction was granted to the nearby Watershops building at 1 Allen Street.