Day House - Spingfield, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 12.201 W 093° 17.539
15S E 474060 N 4117471
Marker for historic brick house in Springfield, Missouri.
Waymark Code: WMD5ZK
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/23/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Text of marker:

 The Day House

Built by George S. Day around 1875, the Day House is considered to be the oldest brick residence in Greene County.  The Day House is constructed--both the interior and exterior--of solid brick walls.  There is no better example of post-Civil War, French Second Empire residential architecture.  Much of the original hand-blown  window glass still remains in place.

Mr. Day came to Springfield from New Orleans, Louisiana by way of St. Louis, Missouri, where he learned the brick-making and masonry trades.  Once in Springfield, Mr. Day purchased the Hudson Brick Refractory.  He built his home, the Day House, as a showpiece of his brick-making and masonry art, utilizing the brick refractory.  Mr. Day also served as mayor of Springfield in 1886.

Although no building records exist from this era, other structures in the Springfield area built by Day can be recognized by his unique style of masonry.

The significance of the Day House to the history of Springfield lies not only with the structure, but in the historical background of the prperty.

During the Civil War Battle of Springfield better known as the Zagonyl Charge, one of the city's earliest schoolmasters was shot to death across the street from the Day House while trying to save his family.  The Union troops mistakenly assumed the man was running to warn the enemy.  The gounds also served as an encampment for the Union Army garrison during the Battle of  Wilson's Creek.

The butterfield Stage, the only transportation other than horseback, passed the Day House as it traveled from Springfield and south from the square on its route from St. Louis, Missouri to Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 1967, the Day House was saved from demolition by architect Richard Stahl and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  The building was furlly restored by its  current owner and now houses the offices of Thomas & Associated Marketing and Advertising Firm.

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