Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


William L. May House

Fourth Street between Madison and Mason
c. 1834

Photo courtesy of Richard E. Hart

William L. May’s Greek Revival house on Fourth Street is more of a townhouse style; several examples of this style and vintage architecture can be found in St. Louis.
William L. May was a lawyer and US Congressman. He was the original owner of the pyramid-shaped grand piano featured here. May eventually sold this house to Charles Lanphier.