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Rippon-Kinsella Home

Rippon-Kinsella Home

1317 North 3rd Street
Springfield, IL

This grand house on the city’s north side was constructed about 1870 by Springfield industrialist John Rippon, Jr.  It was built in the Italianate style, characterized by the arched-top windows and deep, overhanging, bracketed eaves.  Originally the house had a low-pitched, hipped roof, but that was changed in an early 1900s remodeling by later owner Richard “Dick” Kinsella.  Kinsella was a popular businessman and sports promoter in Springfield who was closely associated with the New York Giants baseball club, serving as talent scout, and traveling the Midwest, south and southwest seeking new stars. He is credited with “discovering” players like Carl Hubbell, “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity, Heinie Groh, Larry Doyle, Arthur Fletcher and Gerdie Schupp. Kinsella also owned and operated Springfield’s semi-pro Three I baseball league and developed the city’s first baseball stadium at 11th Street and Black Avenue.

Shortly after buying the house in 1899 he had the exterior roof raised to its present high pitch, added a front dormer with diamond-paned sash and a grand circular neoclassical porch extending around the east and south sides.  He also fully redecorated the interior.  The attic windows at the top of the walls, Italianate roof brackets and windows were retained.  The result is a pleasing and effective addition of 1900 Classical Revival details over the mid-19th century Italianate.