Lakeside Village (1946-1948)
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This photograph shows a play area for the children who lived in Springfield College's Lakeside Village with their parents. The village provided a babysitting department for the children in which the mother's took turns watching the kids. The play area was built by the fathers who lived there. One little girl appears to be crying on the bottom left side of the picture, while the other children and mothers are playing in a fenced in area.The first unit of Lakeside Village housing arrived on the Springfield College campus in March, 1946 and was ready for use by the fall of that same year. The housing project consisted of 13 units that were moved from Hartford to Springfield, and was built to house 65 married veterans and their families. It was built in association with the Federal Housing Authority due to the National Housing emergency that was taking place after the war. It closed in the fall of 1953 because there was a decrease in the need for veteran housing and the buildings were beginning to decay. The village was built in the area that is now Springfield College's Allied Health Sciences Building, across from Lake Massasoit and the President's House. All photographs in the scrapbook had a number. Number for this photograph was 917 Is part of the 1946-1948 photograph scrapbook
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