The Fleur-de-Lis: An Urban Core Preservation Success

June 9, 2010 29 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

In a city known for its rapid demolition of historic structures, Terry Cerniglia's work underway on the Fleur-de-Lis Building offers a refreshing change of pace.

The Fleur-de-Lis Building is located at 2501 North Market Street (15th & Market).  It was constructed in 1927 as an quadruplex apartment building just north of the Springfield Warehouse District and former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant.  

August 2007

This image captures the building's exterior appearance during its state of abandonment.

June 2010

Although still waiting for an exterior awning installment, the building is now a major positive contribution to this section of New Springfield.

The exterior space between the main building and garages will be converted into a private patio area for the property's tenants.

Central Foyer

A part of the former Coca-Cola bottling complex can be seen outside of the foyer's second floor window.

Awaiting Restoration

With two restored apartments already leased and another nearing completion, this last unit serves as a reminder of the building's interior condition during its years of abandonment.

Back to Life

A look inside an apartment unit nearing completion.

Providing Affordable Housing on a Larger Level

The Springfield Warehouse District, S-Line and proposed North commuter rail corridor lies within immediate walking distance of the Fleur-de-Lis Building and several similar structures in New Springfield.

Located three blocks from a proposed north corridor commuter rail station, the Fleur-de-Lis is an example of what can become a wide spread phenomenon in established urban neighborhoods with the addition of quality-of-life enhancing public projects within walking distance.

One block away: The old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Article by Ennis Davis