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St. James Apartments
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Location 573 State St.: Five Oak St., Springfield, Massachusetts
Area less than one acre
Built 1902 (1902)
Architect Reid, William
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference No. 100003941
Added to NRHP January 21, 2020

The St. James Apartments are a historic apartment house at 573 State Street & 5 Oak Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Built in 1904, it is a good local example of Classical Revival architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Description and history

The St. James Apartments are located just southeast of the extended former Springfield Armory grounds, at the southeast corner of State Street and Oak Street. It is a four-story masonry structure, organized in a U shape with its main facade facing State Street and wings extending south. Both street-facing facades feature projecting rounded bays, with one at the street corner. Ground-floor windows are set in round-arch openings, while the second and third-floor windows have keystones of cast stone. Bands of cast stone and multicolored and projecting brick courses add interest to the facades, and a cornice separates the first and second floors. The interior houses eighteen units of varying size, retaining only a modest number of period features.

The block was built in 1904 by Joseph Laliberte to a design by William Reid. Both Reid and Laliberte were Canadian immigrants resident in Holyoke, and the building appears to have been a speculative venture. Its construction is representative of the growth of the area's immigrant Canadian population in the city in the early 20th century. Its early residents were a mix of tradespeople and skilled craftsmen, including immigrants from Canada and Ireland. The building's interior underwent a major renovation in 1983.

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