2016 Most Endangered Press: Springfield's Knox Automobile Factory added to statewide 'most e

SPRINGFIELD — A statewide historic preservation organization has named the former Knox Automobile Factory in the Mason Square area as one of the most endangered historic resources in Massachusetts.

The designation was announced this week by the Preservation Massachusetts, an organization that advocates for historic preservation statewide. The "most endangered list," compiled annually since 1993, serves to focus statewide attention on endangered historic properties and often serves as a catalyst for extensive preservation opportunities, according to the organization.

The building at 53 Wilbraham Road was constructed in three stages between 1891 and 1910, and was a leading manufacturer of gasoline engine vehicles during the first two decades of the 20th century. It produced touring cars, buses, delivery vehicles and fire trucks, allowing the city to have the first fully motorized fire truck fleet in the nation, according to the organization, according to Preservation Massachusetts.

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