Here’s a real diamond in the rough (if you can put up with the grainy photo). Posted on the Facebook site Springfield, 413 Then and Now are a few old photos of Sixteen Acres Center, including the only one I’ve ever seen of the A and P and Acre Drug, as well as the original Acres Friendly ice cream shop (above).
The first HOT sign I published a few years ago after contacting Adam Feldstein, the son of the late HOT owner Moe Feldstein. Adam provided me with the photo below.
Wow, I went off on a bit of a tangent there, didn’t I? Below is a Springfield Herald article from 1960 about the fate of the original Sixteen Acres School next to the fire station.
The Crumbling Campanile
I heard the damage was bad, but holy shit! Please someone tell me this was photoshopped.
It was built in 1913.