A plainspoken pair of brick buildings at the corner of National and Chestnut continue to play a vital role in the life and growth of the Queen City after more than a century.
Long before the two upper floors became a comfortable home for the new residents of the Lofts at Jordan Creek in Springfield, MO, the complex echoed with slapping hammers and singing saws as the longtime headquarters of the Springfield Furniture Company, once the largest furniture manufacturer in the area.
Historic Milestones for the Building
The buildings, joined together by a second floor walkway facing National Avenue, continue a story that now stretches from the late 19th all the way into the 21st Century.
- The Springfield Furniture Company formed in 1891, and the company’s stock had already doubled in value by July 1892.
- The south building was constructed in 1895, originally as two separate buildings, along with a freestanding office on northeast corner of the lot.
- By 1902, the company had doubled the size of the engine room, increased size of the drying kilns, and built a new warehouse on the south side of the lot.
- The two original south buildings were expanded and combined in 1904, and a large water tower was added. The Springfield Furniture Company employed as many as 90 people by this time.
- The north building was constructed in 1913, originally with just two stories.
- A third floor was added to the north building in 1933, and it was combined with the formerly freestanding office building on the northeast corner on the lot. The walkway that joins the two buildings was also added at this time.
- Following a series of labor disputes, the Springfield Furniture Company went out of business in 1942.
After the furniture company, the building was home to the General Warehouse Corporation for a number of years, followed by Springfield Paintball Inc.
More recently, the buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places and are now home to many businesses on their first floors as well as to the residents of the stylish, modern, and industrial loft apartments on the two upper floors.
Nearby Businesses and Community
Residents share the Lofts at Jordan Creek with many downstairs neighbors like JMark Business Solutions, Shelter Insurance Agent Gregory Roy, and the Student Book Exchange. Others include Shape Shifters Pilates, B & T Enterprises, Culture Flock Clothing, Twisted Hair Shop, and Midwest Legal.
Many Downtown attractions, like Mediacom Ice Park, are just a short ride from the Lofts, and during baseball season, residents can make their way to a Springfield Cardinals game just a few blocks away at Hammons Field.
Lots of nearby and up-and-coming restaurants, clubs, and other businesses will always give residents many opportunities to socialize, shop, and unwind on the weekends or after a long day at work.