Andrew Wallace House

History

201 Maple Street was built in 1844 for Homer Foot, a successful hardware merchant, and then extensively remodeled and enlarged in 1901 for Andrew Wallace, co-founder of Forbes & Wallace, one of Springfield’s premier department stores. The original house was a Gothic Revival cottage designed by Simon Sanborn, Springfield’s master builder of the first half of the 19th century. Mr. Wallace had Springfield architect E. J. Parlett alter the house at a cost of $30,000 and build a $10,000 stable.

Threat

As much of this area, the house was damaged by the June 2011 tornado. Unlike much of the area, it has yet to be repaired and put back into use, although its tile roof is gradually being replaced.

Reuse

The Wallace mansion is part of the former MacDuffie School campus which was sold to Commonwealth Academy after the tornado. The building could serve as housing for faculty or students at the school. Or, it could be sold for redevelopment as condominium apartments.