Friday, April 13, 2018
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has directed the Capital Asset Department and the Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management to continue temporary safety measures for the Springfield Campanile. Additional reinforced mesh bands will be installed on the fourth corner and extension bands will be installed the weekend of April 27, 2018. Also, lateral reinforced mesh will be installed at key structural points of the Campanile. The Mayor has directed Chief Administrative and Financial Officer TJ Plante to allocate $200,000 to initiate the design for the extensive renovation required.
Mayor Sarno stated, “This architectural gem sits in the heart of downtown and is a paramount place maker of Springfield identity. It was constructed circa 1910 and is a hierarchical tower of Springfield history. Whenever there is a graphic representation of Springfield the campanile Tower is often present. The restoration of this tower is a vital part to Springfield’s urban revitalization principles, because it would be honoring its past while at the same time designing to be a 21st century city.”
Patrick Sullivan added, “We appreciate the Mayor’s efforts in securing funding to initiate the design process. We will continue our efforts in identifying state and federal grant sources. The project will include the restoration of the exterior limestone shaft and interior structural steel, replace existing elevator, restore clock and carillon, and create a display room and educational exhibit for the clock.”