Kresge Lofts Keep Watch over the Square in Downtown Springfield

Kresge Lofts Keep Watch over the Square in Downtown Springfield

Decades and fads may come and go, but the Kresge Lofts continue to stand witness as its residents add their own unique chapters to the rich and colorful story of the Public Square Historic District in Downtown Springfield, Missouri.

Originally constructed as a pair of buildings between 1886 and 1891, many occupants have done business right here on the busy southwest corner of the Square since the late 19th century.

  • A boot and shoe store offered the latest footwear here in the 1890s.
  • It then became home to the Springfield Cigar Company by 1900.
  • By the mid-1920s, a women’s clothing store had opened.

The Kresge Company, one of the nation’s largest 5-and-10-cent chains at the time, opened its doors here by 1922. The Springfield Square location expanded in the 1940s to include the old cigar company building. By the 1960s, the Kresge Company converted the location into a Jupiter Store, which remained open until the 1980s.

Today’s residents of the Kresge Lofts in Springfield, MO can wake up to a hot cup of joe at the Coffee Ethic and nourish their minds at the Park Central Branch Library downstairs.

For their entertainment pleasure, residents can see popular new films as well as classic movies just a few blocks down at the Moxie Cinema.

They can, then, enjoy a delicious meal afterward at a variety of nearby restaurants or find unique treasures at one of many retail shops in or near the square.

With so many wonderful opportunities to live, work, and play in this vibrant Downtown community, Kresge Lofts and her residents will maintain their role as vital contributors to the cultural and economic life of the square for decades to come!