Springfield home of monkey wrench inventor restored

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A historic Springfield home originally built for the inventor of the monkey wrench has been restored to its former glory. The Merrick Phelps House at 83 Maple Street had been in disrepair for many years, before the organization DevelopSpringfield began work to rehabilitate it.

The house is a Greek Revival-style home, constructed for Solymon Merrick, who patented the monkey wrench in 1835. The house had been on the Springfield Preservation Trust’s list of the top 10 endangered historic properties in the city.

The redevelopment of the Merrick Phelps House is part of a larger project that will create a professional office park on lower Maple Street. DevelopSpringfield next plans to restore the Female Seminary at 77 Maple Street, which will also be part of the office park, as will the carriage house at 69 Maple. Additional parking spaces are being added in the area to accommodate tenants and visitors.

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