Besse System Building

The Besse System Building is an old structure even though the facade is new. It is at 292-300 High Street. The alley side of the building once had a stained glass window.

Lyman Besse started up a chain of stores across the northeastern USA. He lived in the McKnight neitghborhood of Springfield. See his FINDAGRAVE page. See one of his ads.

Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map shows an empty lot

Sanborn 1889 map shows three 1 story buildings on that lot

Sanborn 1895 map shows one 1 story building only

Sanborn 1915 map shows a three floor building there

Sanborn 1949 map shows the same

Sanborn 1956 map shows the same

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