One of the many wonderful things about Vermont is that we cherish our history and work hard to preserve it. The architecture alone tells stories through its splendor and we are so lucky to have historic societies who work tirelessly to preserve them. From one-room schoolhouses, to stone churches, to stunning Victorian homes, the designs and details in these pictures show that people loved the Green Mountain State just as much then as we love it now. Here are a few examples of spectacular architecture that caught our eye.
1. 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury
This chateau-style brick Victorian mansion of William Paddock Fairbanks (1840-1895) and Rebecca Pike Fairbanks (1841-1928), and now serves as a St. Johnsbury Academy dormitory.
2. Laurel Hall in Shrewsbury
Laurel Hall is significant as one of the finest high-style, Queen Anne residences in Rutland County.
3. Proctor, Vermont
Marble Arch Bridge (1915) over Otter Creek.
4. Vermont State House in Montpelier
The Vermont State House is one of the few in the country that is topped with a golden dome. The dome is topped by a statue named Agriculture, a representation of Ceres, an ancient Roman goddess of agriculture.
5. Hyde Log Cabin in Grand Isle
This one-and-a half story structure was built by Jedediah Hyde, Jr. circa 1783. Made of 14- to 18-inch diameter cedar logs, the cabin consists of one 20' x 25' room, with a massive fireplace at one end and an overhead loft.
6. Bixby Memorial Library
This lovely stained glass dome, circa 1912, is in the Bixby Memorial Library located at 258 Main St, Vergennes.
7. Lampson School in New Haven Mills
This classic can be found at 44 Summer Road, New Haven Mills. Circa 1868, it is built in the Italianate style with a Tri-Gable Ell and stands 2-1/2 stories tall.
8. Sudbury School No. 3, also know as Hill School
Built in 1829 in Sudbury, Vermont. Most later one-room schools had a single wall of windows, on the east side to catch the sunrise and help warm up in the winter. This school has two window walls, on both the south and west walls.
9. Farnsworth Residence built in 1882 in Middlebury
This Queen Anne-style home is Number 4 of the Four Sisters, located at 68 Washington Street.
10. A beautiful home in Woodstock.
Founded in 1761, Woodstock is a typical, charming New England town.
11. Old Chapel at Middlebury College
This gem is located on Old Stone Row, which is composed of three buildings that formed the original Middlebury campus, a historic complex still used today.
12. Bread Loaf Inn
The Bread Loaf Inn in Ripton was started by Joseph Battell (Middlebury College Trustee, Class of 1860) in the late 1860s in an old farmhouse. In 1882 he commissioned Clinton Smith to remodel the buildings in the French Second Empire style, with Mansard roofs.
13. The Columbus Smith Estate
This stunner can be found at 1177 Shard Villa Rd, West Salisbury.
14. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne
Trinity is one of the few parishes in northern Vermont whose origins go back to the 18th century. The earliest known Episcopal services took place in Shelburne in 1790.
15. One room schoolhouse in Bridport
A well preserved, former one-room schoolhouse with gorgeous views of the Adirondack Mountains of New York visible in the distance.
16. Sand Bar State Park – Stone Bath House
The Sand Bar State Park in Milton was named for the natural sandbar between South Hero Island and the Vermont mainland.
17. Masonic Temple - North Star Lodge
Masonic Temple and street level commercial block on Bridge Street in Richmond.
18. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church stands beautiful and proud on the corner of Weaver Street and St. Peter Street in Winooski.
19. Victorian porch
Gorgeous Victorian porch on Lime Kiln Road in New Haven, VT.
20. St. Johnsbury Athenæum
The St. Johnsbury Athenæum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
21. Bright red stunner.
This home in Randolph is just as red as the shrub out front. Beautiful!
Narrowing the list of these architectural beauties was harder than expected. Should we do a part 2? Let us know what you’d like to see and share this post!