Renovated Judd Gymnasia Receives Preservation Trust Award
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 28, 2011 – Springfield College’s newly renovated Judd Gymnasia received a 2011 Preservation Award at the Springfield Preservation Trust Preservation Awards ceremony on June 15, 2011, at Center Court of Tower Square in Springfield, Mass.
The Springfield Preservation Trust (SPT) is the only non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to historic preservation in Springfield. Each year, SPT recognizes people and organizations for exemplary restoration of historic structures in the city. The college was recognized for “Restoration/Stewardship” for Judd Gymnasia, the most historic building on campus.
Accepting the award was Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn. According to Flynn, “Great care was taken in refurbishing the college’s most historic landmark so that it preserves its original character while, at the same time, creates a state-of-the-art facility that will be of benefit to today’s students and generations to come. Judd Gymnasia once offered students a gymnasium and swimming pool that were considered ahead of their time. Today the building’s central feature is the new Stitzer YMCA Center, which will serve not only our students, but also YMCA professionals and groups from around the world.”
The Stitzer YMCA Center includes the Springfield College Office of YMCA Relations, the national YMCA Hall of Fame, the offices of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP), and facilities for YMCA meetings and programs. Judd Gymnasia also houses the Springfield College Office of Alumni Relations, Archives and Special Collections, and the new Springfield College Museum.
Judd Gymnasia was originally built in 1894 and expanded in 1910. The red-brick Victorian structure underwent a complete renovation in 2010 that preserved the building’s historic character and many architectural details. In May 2011, the building received a 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts.