History & Architecture

Pasfield House Style and Architectural Beauty

One of Springfield's most distinctive, privately-owned historic structures, the Pasfield House has earned several awards for its recent six-year renovation, as well as generous recognition for its interior design. A respected local real estate appraiser proclaimed of the home, “The house is restored to a standard by which every Springfield restoration project will be judged in the future.”

The first floor is breathtaking, with Roman capitals upon fluted columns, paneled wainscoting and a grand staircase. The Library/Bar and the Capitol View Reception Room are adjacent to a picturesque lobby with stately crown molding similar to the style found at the State Capitol. The grand lobby is flanked with identical fireplaces of picturesque architectural design and which mirror each other. Much of the artwork, by well-known local artists, depicts legislative and State Capitol scenes. Other repeating architectural details include carvings of reed bands wrapped with x-crosses, the Greek or Roman symbol for unity, often used in Civil War times. In fact, the Pasfield House boasts columns depicting all three classic Greek Styles: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.

The home is appointed with many classical American pieces of furniture from the Baker's Charleston Historical Society Collection. Beautiful green marble top tables abound. George Pasfield's home office interior furnishings are replica Stickney furniture original pieces that complement the quarter sawn oak bookcases and fireplace stained in period décor. Leathered-upholstered wing back leather chairs and tufted sofas are of classic Chippendale style. The mission-style furnishings complement reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House decorative accent pieces.

Another repeating symbol is found both in the interior and on the exterior of the house, similar to the cross-star style found on the original pre-Betsy Ross American Flag or Britain's Union Jack. Stately mirrors, even some decorative antique federalist convex mirrors, are strategically placed throughout the house to reflect the beauty of the interior architectural detail.

The second and third floors have been converted into hotel suites with beautifully accented bathrooms equipped with lighted mirrors, massaging showerheads, and Jacuzzi baths. Each room has its own granite-top kitchenette with under-the-counter refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers and juicers. Several of the suites have their own private sitting rooms. All the suites, including some with beautiful fireplace mantels, are tastefully appointed. The bedroom suites are generously proportioned and sound-proof, with comfortable beds made up with 350-thread-count bed linens. The beds and baths are provided with plush pillows and towels as well as the extra amenities one would expect in a preferred class inn. Each bed and sitting room has a flat screen TV wired to local cable with an attached player for viewing any of the 300 movies from the Pasfield House DVD Library. Though completely rebuilt with new electrical wiring, plumbing, and separate temperature controls in each suite, the rooms evoke a nostalgic atmosphere with their coved ceilings, woodwork, furniture and fixtures. The 1896 structure has complimentary high speed internet access and for added safety Pasfield House has security cameras on the grounds and a complete fire suppression system.

On display throughout the house is part of Leone's Lincoln-Era collection of historical newspaper illustrations, colorized and framed. As visitors enter Pasfield House they will view a complete collection of local artist William Crook's pen and ink drawings depicting the architectural detail of the exteriors and interiors of the prominent buildings within the Capitol Complex.

Just outside of the home are inviting spaces including the front porch Charleston-style veranda that overlooks a geometrically patterned boxwood topiary garden. To the east just off the Pasfield House portico is an English garden with a bluestone patio floor and distinctive urns showcased upon pedestals depicting a bygone era. A French Quarter bistro-style patio, entrance, arranged as a courtyard with cast iron planters, ornate benches, tables and chairs is flanked on both sides by flower gardens. It is an inviting entrance to Pasfield House. The entire public outdoor area provides a spectacular view of the State Capitol.

The Pasfield House is located just west of the State Capitol and was once part of a 40-acre estate where three generations of Pasfields resided beginning in the early 1840's. The Georgian-Revival mansion was built by George Pasfield Jr., the grandson of one of Springfield's wealthiest families, at age 26 just before he was married. Our location on the City Trolley Route as well as on the Historic Sites Route makes the Pasfield House the perfect overnight location. We invite individuals or groups to gather for private luncheon or dinner tours.

The former 1896 residential home has been restored to its stately beauty while being transformed into a modern commercial building.

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