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George M. Brinkerhoff House

George M. Brinkerhoff House

1500 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL

The Brinkerhoff House, located at 1500 North Fifth Street, is one of Springfield's most significant Italianate mansions.  Commissioned by George M. Brinkerhoff in 1869, the large and gracious home cost $17,000 to construct.  Mr. Brinkerhoff came to Springfield in 1859 to teach at Illinois State University, and eventually became a major figure in both business and politics.  He helped organize the Springfield City Railway and Springfield Iron Company, and served as both City Comptroller and State Auditor.  The home was designed and built by Elijah E. Myers, a carpenter by trade and protégé of well known Italianate architect Samuel Sloan.  Following Brinkerhoff's death in 1926, the home was sold to the Ursuline Order and was used as the main Administration Building of Springfield Junior College.  Facing demolition in the 1970s, the home was saved in large part through the efforts of Springfield College Board member Doris Bucari.