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Save Allis Mansion

Want to preserve a piece of Springfield history?

On Monday, interested developers are invited to tour the historic Allis mansion, on the campus of Mercy Medical Center. The Sisters of Providence Health System had planned to demolish the 1867 building to clear space for a parking lot for a $20 million office complex it plans for the site. But after the city’s dedicated preservation community rallied in support of the house, SPHS agreed to give the mansion another chance, opening it up to bids from potential developers.

The excellent Springfield-History.com has this nicely detailed piece by Jim Boone about the history of the mansion.

The tour of the building will be held on Monday, March 11, at 1 p.m. If you’re interested in going, contact Daniel Keenan of SPHS at 413-748-9307 or daniel.keenan@sphs.com.

Hospital officials have said they envision the building used for medical or other professional offices. The full request for proposals can be found at the end of this Republican article by Jack Flynn.

But be quick: bids are due by April 3, with SPHS announcing if any credible proposals have been submitted by April 22.

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