The following photos I have taken from on line sources, and are not my own. I am using them because I have no means to posting my own photos currently.
Today I did something that I love doing, when I move to a new place, I did a walk about of the downtown area. This is something I normally do on my first few days, but with the weather being so devastatingly cold and me focused on finding a job, this was the first time I had the opportunity.
Downtown Springfield is a mix of older building from the mid 1800s to mid 20th century.
One of the center points in Springfield is Heers loft, when this was first built Heers was a major department store until the 1980's they set the tone and this building in downtown was their main store. When they went out of business as a department store, they revamped and turned the building into Luxury Lofts.
Many of the buildings have that by gone era feeling, even if they are being used now as a restaurant or night club, there is just that sense of timelessness because of the architecture.
A combination in downtown is the new History Museum that is to open sometime this summer which is alongside the Fox Theatre which has been converted to a museum. The Fox originally was the site of the Original Heers' store before a fire, Heers moved across the street, tore down the old courthouse and built their store. The Fox was a movie thatre from about 1906 until the last few years. It had two more fires and was rebuilt.