Residents living at The Seville Lofts in downtown Springfield, MO play a vital role in continuing the building’s century-old tradition of welcoming folks from all walks of life to the downtown area as they make their way along life’s journey.
From the weary 20th Century travelers just hitting town after trekking along the highways and byways to the stressed-out 21st Century professionals just getting home from a hectic day at work, the Seville’s graceful brick facade invites you to slow down and rest for a while in one of her comfortably elegant loft apartments that still exude that unmistakable classic hotel charm. The Seville effortlessly blends with a contemporary vibe that lets you know she’s here to stay.
The Seville has enriched the cultural and economic life of Springfield ever since the moment her foundation was laid in 1906, earning her recognition as a contributing resource within the South Avenue Commercial Historic District, which achieved a listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
The Seville remains a steadfast presence on bustling Walnut Street just south of the Square, even as she and the city she calls home continue to adapt to the whims of a changing world and evolve to leave their own indelible stamp on that same world.
- The Seville’s rich history begins in 1906, when she was initially constructed as the Springfield Life office building.
- Remodeled for use as the Savoy Hotel in 1928, she became one of Springfield’s most ornate hotels of the period.
- Under new ownership, in 1933 she became The Seville Hotel, which remained in operation until 1998. After the hotel’s closure, she underwent rehabilitation starting in 1999.
- Five years of renovations from 1933 to 1938 gave The Seville the form she largely retains today.
- Ca. 1940, a glass and aluminum storefront were added on the ground floor at 220 Walnut — which today is home to Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe. Residents and many other folks enjoy breakfast in this cozy 1940s diner complete with original counter and stools.
- Tile bulkheads and modern entrance doors were added to The Seville’s other three storefronts on her ground floor ca. 1950s.
The Seville continues to brim with activity today, as residents of her loft apartments live, work, and play in the heart of the South Avenue Commercial Historic District — where they can peruse original art, jewelry, and other treasures downstairs at Hawthorn Galleries; savor a burger across the street at Black Sheep; burn off the calories at the Ward Downtown Y; and take in a show at nearby Springfield Little Theatre.
After another long day or exciting night, residents coming home through main entrance are greeted by her 1930s Spanish Colonial lobby before traveling up the original stairway and elevator shaft, making their way down the original corridors, and settling down in their comfortable, stylish loft apartments on the upper floors continuing The Seville’s legacy of welcoming generations of fellow travelers on this adventurous journey called life.