527 East Washington (1936)


This post is from 2007. It will be updated soon!

  • Built by Charles Fisher (who also built the 1st Pres. Church) for his brother, Samuel.
  • The North side of the public square became known as “Commercial
    Row” shortly after the building was finished. It had previously been
    called “Chicken Row”.
  • Fisher operated a store here until 1872.
  • Sold in 1993 to Fred D. Buck, who operated a hat store here until May of 1938.
  • Leased to Yaffe and Wright as men’s clothing store (closed in 1969).
  • Abraham Lincoln’s good friend James Matheny had a law offce in this building in 1857-58.
  • Remodeled between 1900-1903 by William Howard.

Springfield City Directory:

2000 –
1990 – Law Offices
1980 – Denny’s Mason Joe Coctail Lounge and Restaurant
1970 – Vacant
1960 – Buck’s Hat Store
1950 – Buck’s Hat Store
1940 – Buck’s Hat Store
1930 – Buck Fred and J.
1920 – Buck Fred and J.
1910 – Buck Fred and J.
1900 – Buck Fred and J.


  1. Mike:

    Many of Springfield’s older downtown buildings burned in the 1970’s killing the inhabitants that lived in apartments above.

  2. Phil Spengler:

    The Buck Hat Store building and the building to the West were remodled into a fine downtown resturant. The resturant was known as Fritz’s on The Mall. The building to the West was an old downtown saloon for many years. Interesting remodeling job with a lot of old history in the building

  3. Al Farmer:

    Here is one for you. I lived on 8th Street when I was under 5 years old, in an apartment over Joe Shaheen’s Tire Shop. Next door was the Washington Street Mission (Reverend and Mrs. Miller). Across the street was an old dirt floor garage run by a black man named Herb, who drove a Model T. Kitty-corner from the tire shop was Dave’s Drug Store.

    One block west on Washington was Hub Clothiers, owned by Irv Potash, I believe. On the end of that building, on 7th St., was a shoeshine stand run by two black men. It was built on the side of the building, and I believe those two men lived in it, if I remember right. I also think there was another clothing store just east of The Hub, but cannot recall the name.

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