At the time Ted was growing up in Springfield Americans were fascinated by Asian architecture. The existence of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museums today, just next to the Seuss Memorial, is a testament to that interest. The Fuller Block, still standing today, featured a large onion-shaped dome in the style of Eastern architecture. The dome is gone today, and the building seems nothing more than a normal office building, but in Ted’s childhood he must have been fascinated with this dome since seems to have inspired a similar dome in his book, If I Ran the Zoo.
MUSEUMS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
In response to the community health effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Museums are temporarily closed. Please check the calendar for details about events, programs, and classes. Many have been canceled, postponed, or are offered online.