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Property Name McDaniel Building
Reference Number 14000871
State MO
County Greene
Town Springfield
Street Address 316 Park Central E.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/22/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The McDaniel Building, at 316 Park Central East, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, is locally significant under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture. It is a rare intact example of Mid-Century Modernism in Springfield, and the only example of mid-century curtain wall construction in downtown Springfield today. Built in 1911 for banker H. B. McDaniel, the building was enlarged and remodeled to its current form in 1961 for the Heer- Andres Investment Company. The reconstruction project featured the installation of an all-new facade which included porcelain enamel curtain wall panels framed by flat buff brick piers. The period of significance for the property is 1961, to correspond to that transformation. It was rebuilt for the Heer-Andres Investment Company, which was headed by civic and business leader Dorsey Heer. Under Heer's leadership, the Heer-Andres Company remodeled many of the largest commercial buildings in downtown Springfield in the 1950s and 60s. Other Heers-Andres properties redeveloped in that time period include the Woodruff Building, a large contributing building in the nearby Public Square Historic District, and the Heer's Store, which is individually listed in the National Register. The company's dramatic reconstruction of the McDaniel Building was the last major project overseen by Dorsey Heer, who died in 1964. The 1961 project at the McDaniel Building was designed by Springfield architect Joe Amsbacher, who had also worked on the rehabilitation of the Woodruff Building two years earlier. The McDaniel building today looks very much as it did when the 1961 remodeling project was completed. It is a highly intact example of Mid-Century Modernism in downtown Springfield, Missouri.

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