Springfield Museums receive grant to begin rehabilitation of Dr. Seuss’ childhood home

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Dr. Seuss Foundation granted Springfield Museums the gift to launch phase one of The Ted’s House and Innovation Center project. 

The project will rehabilitate the childhood home of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, into a museum.

“Ted’s House will add yet another reason for visitors to travel to Springfield to see the beloved author’s home town,” said Kay Simpson, CEO of Springfield Museums. “We are deeply grateful to the Dr. Seuss Foundation for helping us make our vision of a house museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss a reality.”

According to Springfield Museums spokesperson Karen Fisk, the project is aimed to make Springfield Museums a place of creativity where people from all over the world have the chance to explore different ways of learning and teachings that are fun.

The famed author lived in the two-story home on Fairfield Street from the time he was two until he was in his 20s. A photo shows Geisel at the age of two, playing in front of the house in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood.

“Every single person I have brought to this house who has visited it is so excited,” said Karen Fisk, spokeswoman for the Springfield Museums. “It is the place when Dr. Seuss grew up. You can see his bedroom, you can see his living room you get to see every part of the way his life was for many years.”

The Ted’s House and Innovation Center goals are to: 

  • Preserve and interpret Theodor Seuss Geisel’s childhood home
  • Promote vibrant discussion of his life, work, and historical circumstances
  • Inspire commitment to the powerful notion that creativity is transformational

The anticipated deadline of this project is within the next five years and will be renovated in four phrases. 

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